Scotland have appeared in all nine tournaments so far and are sixth-best scorers in rugby World Cup history with 1,261 points, putting them above Six Nations rivals Wales and Ireland in the historic rankings. Twenty-nine per cent of those points came from the two greatest kickers of all time, Gavin Hastings and Chris Paterson. The Rugby World Cup 2023 fans can buy Scotland Rugby World Cup tickets 2023 from our website at exclusively discounted prices.
Since reaching the semi-finals of the second tournament in 1991, Scotland has advanced to the quarter-finals of the competition. And after missing the knockout stages for the second time since their defeat to Japan in 2019, they will be desperate to make amends in France 2023 Rugby world cup.
Let’s take a look at the story of the Scotland Rugby World Cup.
RWC debut: 23 May, Christchurch, 1987 v France at Lancaster Park
RWC appearances: Played 42 – Won 24 Drawn 1 Lost 17 – Points for 1,261 Points against 803 – Winning ratio 57 per cent
Most Rugby World Cup appearances: 15, Chris Paterson
Most Rugby World Cup tries: 9, Gavin Hastings
Best finish: 1991 Semi-finalists
Qualification for RWC 2023: Third in Pool A at Rugby World Cup 2019
Most memorable match RWC
A stunning 36-33 win over Samoa at St James’ Park in Newcastle in 2015. Greig Laidlaw scored 26 points – his best catch in a single Test – in a ferocious game of rugby that produced seven tries and Scotland claimed the quarter-final against Australia. For Scotland Rugby World Cup tickets visit our website.
Rugby World Cup Iconic moment
Chris Paterson kicked Scotland into the 2007 RWC quarter-finals with each point in a narrow 18-16 win over Italy, part of his then record run of 36 successful goal kicks in international rugby. Italy Rugby World Cup tickets are available on eticketing.
Gavin Hastings’ miss in front of the posts in the 1991 semi-final against England – a kick Scotland could have sent through to the final. The score was 6-6 at the time and Jonathan Webb’s second penalty of the match won it for England. Hastings later said the miss was his biggest regret in rugby: “If I could change one thing in my career, it would transfer that kick.”
Rugby World Cup Iconic player
Hastings has kicked far more than he has missed in three tournament appearances, and holds the individual record for most Rugby World Cup points until Jonny Wilkinson overtook his 227 points from 13 matches in the 2007 RWC quarter-finals.
Record-breaker in RWC
Chris Paterson is the only Scottish player to have played in four Rugby World Cups (1999-2011). The last of his record 15 tournament appearances against England in Auckland in 2011 was also his farewell Test.
Did you know?
Scotland’s total of 34 points against Australia in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals was the second highest number of points a team has scored in an RWC match without winning a match. (Wales 37 against New Zealand at RWC 2003 is the highest).
“Playing against Jonah Lomu (in 1995) was the last Test, although he was relatively unknown at the time. I was pretty quick and there weren’t that many people I could show the outside and not catch, but he was phenomenally quick for such a big man and also incredibly light on his feet.” – Scottish winger Craig Joiner on the thrill and challenge of facing the most iconic rugby player on the game’s biggest stage.
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