The 2021 Rugby World Cup made a long-awaited return after a five-year absence, reaching the quarterfinal stage in July to the delight of rugby fans worldwide. The tournament had faced postponements due to the pandemic, making the event all the more thrilling. Four teams emerged from the quarterfinals, vying for a spot in the final game and setting the stage for an exhilarating semi-finals round.
In a historic moment, New Zealand played host to the 2021 Rugby World Cup from 18 September to 16 October, marking the country's first time hosting the event. Over the course of five exciting weeks, fans witnessed South Africa claim the championship, with the quarterfinal results ultimately determining the tournament's outcome.
Looking back at the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarterfinals, fans were treated to some unforgettable moments and spectacular matches. Wales staged a remarkable comeback to defeat two-time champions South Africa, while Japan put up a strong fight against the Springboks before ultimately falling in penalty kicks. England also impressed with a decisive victory over a valiant Australian team.
RWC Quarter-Finals Results
The Rugby World Cup quarterfinals offered a thrilling experience for rugby fans. In the first match, England and Argentina engaged in a highly contested game, with both teams giving their all. Despite the intense competition, England emerged as the winner with a score of 25-18, securing their spot in the semi-finals.
In the second match, South Africa dominated Ireland with their physical strength and tactical expertise, leaving the Irish struggling to keep up. South Africa secured their place in the semi-finals with a convincing 27-9 win.
The third match showcased a closely fought battle between New Zealand and France, with both teams exchanging attacks throughout the game. Nevertheless, New Zealand's experience and skill proved too much for France, resulting in a 23-13 victory for the All Blacks and a spot in the semi-finals.
In the final match of the quarterfinals, Wales and Australia put on an attacking display in a classic encounter. Wales emerged victorious with a final score of 29-25, thanks to the outstanding performance of their fly-half, Dan Biggar.
As the semi-finals draw near, fans can expect even more excitement as England goes head-to-head with South Africa, and New Zealand faces off against Wales. All four teams will compete for the chance to lift the highly sought-after Rugby World Cup trophy. Rugby fans from all corners of the world eagerly anticipate the outcome of these exhilarating matches.
Latest World Rugby Men’s Rankings
The early game on Sunday was Wales vs France, with the Welsh team coming out trumps. The third best rugby nation scrapped through a difficult tie against the French to win 20-19. They will fancy their chances against the Springboks after winning their last four consecutive matches. The two sides met in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in which the Boks came out victorious.
Here’s a list of the current World Rugby Men’s Rankings for 2023: