Highest And Lowest Scores In Rugby (Statistics)

I’ve compiled the highest and lowest scores in professional and international rugby tournaments in recent seasons. If you just want the numbers, here are the maximum and minimum home and away scores.

The rest of this article has background, commentary, and analysis on these results.

Note that the Home and Away scores are independent. We’ve taken the highest score for all the home teams, and the highest score for all the away teams.

Summary Of The Highest And Lowest Scores In Rugby

Club CompetitionHomeAwayHomeAway
2020/21MaxMaxMinMin
England Premiership746233
PRO 14525436
France Top 14735900
USA Major League Rugby575300
European Champions Cup565773
Super Rugby616436
World CupHomeAwayHomeAway
MaxMaxMinMin
2019714530
2015654350
2011872760
Rugby ChampionshipHomeAwayHomeAway
MaxMaxMinMin
201947461310
201846451312
Six NationsHomeAwayHomeAway
MaxMaxMinMin
20215250610
2020503400
20195738117

What Are The Highest Scores In Professional Club Rugby?

The highest score in professional club rugby matches across the world was 74 points to the home team in the 2020/2021 season. The highest away score was 64 points.

The highest scores occurred in the English Premiership and the French Top 14.

Super Rugby was third at about ten points lower.

This table shows the highest score by the home team across each tournament.

Club CompetitionSeasonHighest Home Score
England Premiership2020/2174
PRO 142020/2152
France Top 142020/2173
USA Major League Rugby2020/2157
European Champions Cup2020/2156
Super Rugby2020/2161

The table below shows the highest score by the away teams across each club competition.

Club CompetitionSeasonHighest Away Score
England Premiership2020/2162
PRO 142020/2154
France Top 142020/2159
USA Major League Rugby2020/2153
European Champions Cup2020/2157
Super Rugby2020/2164

Which club tournament has the highest score?

It’s sometimes assumed that Super Rugby in the Southern Hemisphere has more open high-scoring matches.

In contrast, the English Premiership can be slated as being boring forward-oriented rugby, full of rolling mauls and box-kicks.

These maximum scores don’t prove anything about style! But I was surprised to see that the Premiership had a match with the highest score across all these tournaments.

What Are The Lowest Scores In Professional Club Rugby?

The lowest possible score in a rugby match is for a team to score no points. The next lowest score is three points for a single penalty.

Below is the lowest score for a home team in the tournament.

Club CompetitionSeasonLowest Home Score
England Premiership2020/213
PRO 142020/213
France Top 142020/210
USA Major League Rugby2020/210
European Champions Cup2020/217
Super Rugby2020/213

Below is the lowest score for an away team in the tournament.

Club CompetitionSeasonLowest Away Score
England Premiership2020/213
PRO 142020/216
France Top 142020/210
USA Major League Rugby2020/210
European Champions Cup2020/213
Super Rugby2020/216

Which club tournament has the lowest score?

In four out of the six club tournaments, all teams were able to eke out at least a single score.

This was usually a penalty. In the European Champions Cup, the lowest home score was a converted try.

The zero scores occurred in the French Top 14 and in Major League Rugby in the USA.

The two zero scores in the Top 14 were both “achieved” by Agen against Toulouse and La Rochelle. Agen really struggled in the competition that year and conceded big points in those two matches.

The two zero scores in the MLR came from the Houston Sabercats.

Disrupted season

Some competitions in the 2020/2021 season were interrupted due to the COVID pandemic.

I’ve excluded walk-over results where one club couldn’t fulfill the fixture due to COVID infections.

What Is The Highest Score In International Rugby?

There is more variation across international tournaments than at club level. I’ll start with the World Cup.

World Cup

The Rugby World Cup has taken place every four years since 1997. Here are the highest scores by the home team and the away team across the last three tournaments.

To be clear: these are independent numbers. The listed home and away scores were not in the same match.

Also, “Home” and “Away” have little meaning in the World Cup. In reality, all teams except the tournament holder are playing away from their home country.

World CupHighest Home ScoreHighest Away Score
20197145
20156543
20118727

The highest score in 2019 was run up by New Zealand against Namibia.

The highest score in 2015 was by Australia against Uruguay.

The highest score in 2011 was by South Africa against the doubly unfortunate Namibia.

Rugby Championship (Southern Hemisphere)

I’ve taken two seasons of the Rugby Championship because the number of countries involved keeps changing. 2018 and 2019 had Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

These are the highest score achieved at home and the highest score achieved away. The number are independent (i.e. not in the same match).

Rugby Championship Highest Home Score Highest Away Score
20194746
20184645

As you can see, the highest scores are very consistent.

Clearly, at least one team wasn’t affected by playing away from home – as we see a high max score away too.

These high scores are also a lot lower than the kind of blow-outs that are run up in the World Cup.

This is because the three Southern Hemisphere countries are all within the top eight teams in the world. South Africa and New Zealand are usually vying for the #1 spot.

In contrast, the World Cup has international teams from the second tier of world rugby. The highest scores in the tournament were against Namibia and Uruguay by top-tier teams.

The Rugby Championships of these seasons didn’t see that kind of mismatch.

Six Nations (Northern Hemisphere)

The Six Nations is the top-tier European competition with these national teams:

  • England
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Scotland
  • Wales

Here are the highest scores over three years achieved by a team playing at home and a team playing away:

Six NationsHighest Home ScoreHighest Away Score
20215250
20205034
20195738

2019 and 2020 have quite a difference between the highest score achieved at home and away.

But 2021 is the exception. Suddenly, the highest away score is greatly increased.

So, I took a closer look at the 2021 results. The big away score is due to Italy performing poorly in their home games that season.

 Usually, Italy puts up a good fight at home. So, why was 2021 an exception?

COVID may have played its part here. The 2021 season saw matches played in empty stadiums. This may have affected Italy more than the other national teams.

What Is The Lowest Score In International Rugby?

Again, I’ll start with the last three tournaments in the World Cup.

World Cup

Here are the lowest scores by a designated home team and a designated away team.

World CupLowest Home Score Lowest Away Score
201930
201550
201160

Each World Cup saw at least one zero score in the tournament.

Four matches had a zero score in 2019. The unfortunate sides were Russia (twice), Canada, and Samoa.

Only one match had a zero score in 2015. This was South Africa versus the USA, with the Americans being on the wrong side of the score.

Two matches had a zero score in 2011. Fiji had a big loss against Wales (66-0), while Namibia had an even bigger loss against the Springboks (87-0).

Rugby Championship (Southern Hemisphere)

Here is the lowest score achieved at home and the lowest score achieved away.

Rugby ChampionshipLowest Home Score Lowest Away Score
20191310
20181312

Interesting, there were no zero or 3 point results in the Southern Hemisphere championship.

I mentioned before that the three teams in these seasons were all in the top tier of World Rugby. This meant that none of them were completely under the cosh in any given match.

Six Nations (Northern Hemisphere)

The Six Nations is the top-tier European competition with these national teams:

  • England
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Scotland
  • Wales

Here are the lowest scores over three years.

Six NationsLowest Home ScoreLowest Away Score
2021610
202000
2019117

Interestingly, only 2020 had zero scores – one at home and one away.

Italy was responsible for them both: at home against Scotland and away against Wales.

Other Statistics

The scores we’ve shown are the single highest and lowest scores within a tournament. But these scores may not be representative across the tournament.

It just takes one big mismatch in the World Cup (like South Africa vs Namibia) to see a massive high score and zero low score.

So, it’s worth comparing these numbers to the average scores across the same tournaments. Check out our article on average scores in rugby.

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