The Crazy Rugby World Cup Stat That Doesn’t Favour The Likes Of Ireland, South Africa and Australia

Perfection.

The 2019 Rugby World Cup is now well and truly underway – and what a complete and utter rollercoaster it has been so far.

Uruguay stunned Fiji, Japan shocked Ireland and Australia and Wales put on a show for the absolute ages – but after 17 games, who are now the frontrunners to lift the Williams Webb Ellis cup?

Well if history has anything to say, a number of top teams are already out of the running already. It might sound simple but we were completely blown away by this stat when we first heard it…

No team has ever won the World Cup after losing a game during the pool stages. So basically, you need a 100% record to be crowned the world’s very best. End of.

That means the likes of South Africa, Ireland and Australia are already out of the running if history repeats itself. Unlucky lads. There’s always 2023.