The 2011 Rugby World Cup was held in New Zealand. New Zealand was awarded the 2011 World Cup ahead of Japan - the announcement made in late 2005. New Zealand had hosted the event once before, the first World Cup in 1987, when it co-hosted with Australia. In that event they won, as they did again in 2011.
There were 20 teams participating, allocated into four pools of five teams in each.
|Pool A||Pool B||Pool C||Pool D|
The pool phase consists of a round robin, with each team playing each other once. The top two ranked teams after the pool phase make it through to the quarter-finals. This is the start of the knock out phase.
QF 1 - Winner pool C v Runner up pool D
QF 2 - Winner pool B v Runner up pool A
QF 3 - Winner pool D v Runner up pool C
QF 4 - Winner pool A v Runner up pool B
The winners of the quarter-final matches qualify for the semi-finals.
SF 1 - Winner QF1 v Winner QF2
SF 2 - Winner QF3 v Winner QF4
The winners of the semi-final matches play off in the Final, the losers of the semi-final matches contest the Bronze medal playoff.
The final was won by New Zealand over France, in a repeat clash of the final of the first Rugby World Cup in 1987.