BBC Sport presents a list of the great and not so great achievements recorded over the previous four Rugby Union World Cups.
Most World cup wins
Australia have won the Webb Ellis Trophy twice - in 1991 and 1999. The country's overall record for World Cups: 22 matches, 18 wins and four defeats with a total score of 642-302.
Australia are the only side to win the World Cup twice
Highest match score
The highest World Cup score was when the All Blacks beat Japan 145-17 in South Africa on 4 June 1995.
Lowest match score
Australia defeated Western Samoa on 9 October 1991 9-3.
Least points scored in a World Cup match by a team
Over the last four World Cups three teams failed to put themselves on a scoresheet.
In 1995 South Africa beat Canada 20-0 while the Ivory Coast were thrashed by Scotland 89-0. Four years later Scotland showed another solid performance, beating Spain 48-0.
Least experienced World Cup team
Georgia are making their debut in the 2003 World Cup after beating Russia 17-13 in the play-offs.
Most tries scored by a team in a World Cup match
New Zealand scored a record 21 tries in a win against Japan at South Africa on 4 June 1995. The All Blacks went to win 145-17.
Most total team points in World Cups
New Zealand have scored 1,023 points in 24 matches in four World Cups.
Most points conceded in World Cups
Japan have conceded 602 points in 12 matches during the last four tournaments.
Most World Cup defeats
Japan have suffered a record 11 defeats in 12 matches since 1987.
Most World Cup appearances
Fitzpatrick played World Cup matches
Hooker Sean Fitzpatrick has played in the most, playing for New Zealand 17 times between 1987 and 1995.
Most tries in a match
The All Blacks' Marc Ellis scored six tries against Japan in 1995.
Most points in a match
New Zealand's Simon Culhane scored 45 points against Japan in 1995.
Highest World Cup career points
During his World Cup career, Scotland's Gavin Hastings collected 227 points.
Most World Cup penalties
Gavin Hastings (Scotland 1995) and Thierry Lacroix (France 1995) both scored eight penalties.
Most conversions in a World Cup match
New Zealand's Simon Culhane scored 20 conversions against Japan in 1995
Highest World Cup try scorer
The All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu - 15 tries.
World Cup record audience
The 1999 tournament attracted over 1.7m spectators, with a worldwide television audience of over 3.1bn.