These are the all time top points scorers at the Rugby World Cup

Louis Dor
Friday 18 September 2015 18:30
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The Rugby World Cup kicks off on Friday as England play host to Fiji at Twickenham and we just can't even cope right now.

To commemorate the day, with the help of our friends at Statista, we've ranked the all time highest points scorers in Rugby World Cup history.

2003 World Cup winner and all-around national treasure King Jonny is at the top with 277, followed by the exceptional Gavin Hastings and Michael Lynagh.

Wilkinson racked up his tally over four tournaments and 12 years, in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011.

Unsurprisingly the list is stacked with kickers, due to the nature of the game.

The all time top tryscorer is New Zealand winger and stuff-of-nightmares-for-defenders, Jonah Lomu, with 15 tries at the 1995 and 1999 World Cups.

He shares the most tries in one tournament, for his 8 in 1999, with Bryan Habana who racked up the same number in 2007.

Lomu was also the youngest ever player to play at a tournament, aged 20 years and 43 days against South Africa in 1995.

However, the record books are about to be reopened and poised to be rewritten.

Here's to the next month and half.

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