What happens if a Rugby World Cup semi-final ends in a draw, how are teams separated and has it happened before? – The Sun

SOUTH AFRICA are facing Wales in the second Rugby World Cup semi-final.

The two teams will be prepared for all eventualities, and here's what happens if they can't be separated after 80 minutes.

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?

1) 20 mins of extra time will be played. 10 mins each way with an interval of five mins


2) 10 mins of sudden death – the first team to score ANY points wins


3) Kicks will determine the winner – each team nominates five kickers who will then have one attempt each to kick from one of the three places on the 22-metre line.

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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