What happens if a Rugby World Cup knockout game ends in a draw and how are teams separated?

WALES are taking on France in a Rugby World Cup quarter-final that could go to the wire.

The two sides will be prepared for all eventualities, and here’s what happens if they can’t be separated.

Jonny Wilkinson kicked the decisive points in extra time of the 2003 final
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In the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, England boss Jones was Australia coach as the match ended all square, before Jonny Wilkinson kicked the decisive points.

What happens if a Rugby World Cup knockout match ends in a draw?

Should a knockout game end in a draw, 20 minutes of extra time will be played – ten minutes each way – to decide which team wins.

If the teams are still deadlocked, a further ten minutes of sudden death will be played with whichever team scores the first points being declared the winners.

Should sudden death be unable to separate the sides, the match will go down to a drop goal contest.

Which Rugby World Cup matches have ended in a draw?

Only three Rugby World Cup matches have ended in a draw, with two of them being finals.

One was Australia vs England in 2003, with the other being South Africa vs New Zealand in the 1995 final as the Springboks ran out winners.

But the Boks then suffered defeat in extra time in 1999, losing the semi-final to Australia.

No Rugby World Cup match has ever gone as far as a drop kicking contest, but Leicester Tigers and Cardiff Blues famously did in the 2009 Heineken Cup semi-final, with Leicester coming out on top.


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