1999 Rugby World Cup

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1999 Rugby World Cup
Tournament details
Host nations  Wales
Dates 1 October 1999 – 6 November 1999
No. of nations 20 (65 qualifying)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  Australia
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  France
Third-place Bronze medal blank.svg  South Africa
Tournament statistics
Matches played 41
Attendance 1,750,000 (42,683 per match)
Top scorer(s) Argentina Gonzalo Quesada (102)
Most tries New Zealand Jonah Lomu (8)

The 1999 Rugby World Cup was the fourth Rugby World Cup and was won by Australia. This was the first Rugby World Cup to be held in rugby union's professional era.[1] The principal host nation was Wales, although the majority of matches were played outside the country, shared between England, France, Scotland and Ireland. As the opening ceremony, first match and the Final would take place in Cardiff, Wales, the Welsh team were awarded the automatic qualification berth afforded the hosts. Only four automatic qualification places were available for the 1999 tournament; the other three went to the top three teams from the previous World Cup in 1995; champions (South Africa), runners-up (New Zealand), and third-place play-off winners (France).

The tournament was expanded to 20 teams (from 16), divided into five groups of four teams, a scenario that necessitated a quarter-final play-off round involving the five runners-up and best third-placed team to decide who would join the pool winners in the last eight. Qualification for the final 16 places took place between 63 other nations. The 1999 tournament saw the introduction of a repechage, effectively a second chance for teams that had finished runners-up in each qualifying zone. Uruguay and Tonga were the first nations to profit from the repechage, and took their places alongside fellow qualifiers Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Argentina, Fiji, Samoa, Romania, Canada, Namibia, Japan, Spain and the United States.

The tournament began with the opening ceremony in the newly built Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with Wales beating Argentina 23–18, and Colin Charvis scoring the first try of the tournament. Australia won the tournament, becoming the first nation to do so twice and also to date the only team ever to win after having to qualify for the tournament, with a 35–12 triumph over France, who were unable to repeat their semi-final victory over pre-tournament favourites New Zealand.[2][3]

The overall attendance for the tournament was 1.75 million[4]


The following 20 teams, shown by region, qualified for the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Of the 20 teams, only four of those places were automatically allocated and did not have to play any qualification matches. These went to the champions, runners-up and the third-placed nations at the 1995 and the tournament host, Wales. A record 65 nations from five continents were therefore involved in the qualification process designed to fill the remaining 16 spots.

Africa Americas Europe Oceania/Asia


City Stadium Capacity
France Paris Stade de France 80,000
England London Twickenham Stadium 75,000
Wales Cardiff Millennium Stadium 74,500
Scotland Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium 67,500
Scotland Glasgow Hampden Park 52,500
IRFU flag.svg Dublin Lansdowne Road 49,250
France Lens Stade Félix Bollaert 41,800
France Bordeaux Parc Lescure 38,327
France Toulouse Stadium Municipal 37,000
England Huddersfield McAlpine Stadium 24,500
England Bristol Ashton Gate 21,500
France Béziers Stade de la Méditerranée 18,000
England Leicester Welford Road Stadium 16,500
Wales Wrexham Racecourse Ground 15,500
IRFU flag.svg Limerick Thomond Park 13,500
IRFU flag.svg Belfast Ravenhill 12,500
Wales Llanelli Stradey Park 10,800
Scotland Galashiels Netherdale 6,000

Wales won the right to host the World Cup in 1999. The centrepiece venue for the tournament was the Millennium Stadium, built on the site of the old National Stadium at Cardiff Arms Park at a cost of £126 million from Lottery money and private investment. Other venues in Wales were the Racecourse Ground and Stradey Park. An agreement was reached so that the other unions in the Five Nations Championship (England, France, Ireland and Scotland) also hosted matches.

Venues in England included Twickenham and Welford Road, rugby union venues, as well as Ashton Gate in Bristol and the McAlpine (now Galpharm) Stadium in Huddersfield, which normally host football. Scottish venues included Murrayfield Stadium, the home of the Scottish Rugby Union, Hampden Park, the home of the Scottish Football Association and the smallest venue in the 1999 tournament, Netherdale, in Galashiels, in the Scottish Borders. Venues in Ireland included Lansdowne Road (now the Aviva Stadium), the traditional home of the Irish Rugby Football Union, Ravenhill (now the Kingspan Stadium) and Thomond Park. France used five venues, the most of any nation, including the French national stadium, Stade de France, which hosted the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Pools & Format[edit]

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D Pool E

 South Africa

 New Zealand



 United States

With the expansion of the Rugby World Cup from 16 to 20 teams an unusual and complex format was used with the teams split into five pools of four teams with each team playing each other in their group once.

Points System

The points system that was used in the pool stage was unchanged from both 1991 and 1995:

  • 3 points for a win
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 1 point for playing

The five pool winners qualified automatically to the quarter-finals. The five pool runners-up and the best third place side qualified for the Quarter-final Play-offs.

Knock-out stage

The five group runners up and the best third place team from the group stage (which was Argentina) contested the quarter-final Play-offs in three one-off matches that decided the remaining three places in the quarter-finals, with the losers being eliminated. The unusual format meant that two Pool winners in the quarter-finals would have to play each other. From the quarter-final stage it became a simple knockout tournament. The semi-final losers played off for third place. The Draw and format for the knock-out stage was set as follows.

Quarter-final Play-offs Draw

  • Match H: Pool B Runner-up v Pool C Runner-up
  • Match G: Pool A Runner-up v Pool D Runner-up
  • Match F: Pool E Runner-up v Best Third Place Side

Quarter-finals Draw

  • Match M: Pool D Winners v Pool E Winners
  • Match J: Pool A Winners v Play-off H Winners
  • Match L: Pool C Winners v Play-off F Winners
  • Match K: Pool B Winners v Play-off G Winners

Semi-finals Draw

  • Match J Winners v Match M Winners
  • Match L Winners v Match K Winners

A total of 41 matches (30 Pool Stage & 11 Knock-out) were played throughout the tournament over 35 days from Friday 1 October 1999 to Saturday 6 November 1999.


Pool stage[edit]

The tournament began on Friday 1 October 1999 in the newly built Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with Wales beating Argentina in a hard fought game 23–18 to get their campaign off to a positive start. The Pool stage of the tournament played out as was widely expected with the Tri Nations teams of New Zealand (who inflected a massive 101–3 win against Italy at the Galpharm Stadium in Huddersfield), South Africa and Australia all winning their pools easily without losing a single game. For the then Five Nations Championship teams who all played their pool matches in their own countries it was a case of mixed fortunes with France winning their pool without losing a game. Host Wales also won their pool, though they suffered 31–38 defeat at the hands of Samoa in front of a home crowd at the Millennium Stadium. However as expected England, Ireland and Scotland all finished second in their pools and were forced to try to qualify for the quarter-finals via the play-offs alongside fellow runners-up Samoa and Fiji, and Argentina as the best third placed side from all five pools.

Qualified for Quarter-finals
Qualified for Quarter-final Play-offs

Pool A[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 South Africa 3 3 0 0 132 35 9
 Scotland 3 2 0 1 120 58 7
 Uruguay 3 1 0 2 42 97 5
 Spain 3 0 0 3 18 122 3
2 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
Uruguay  27–15  Spain
Tries: Ormaechea 23'c
Penalty try 65'c
Cardoso 78'm
Menchaca 80+4'm
Con: Aguirre, Sciarra
Pen: Aguirre
Pen: Kovalenco (5)

3 October 1999
17:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
Scotland  29–46  South Africa
Tries: M Leslie, Tait
Con: Logan (2)
Pen: Logan (4)
Drop: Townsend
Tries: Le Roux, Kayser, van der Westhuizen, Fleck, A Venter, B Venter
Con: de Beer (5)
Pen: de Beer (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: Colin Hawke (New Zealand)

8 October 1999
16:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
Scotland  43–12  Uruguay
Tries: Russell, Armstrong, Metcalfe, M Leslie, Simpson, Townsend
Con: Logan (5)
Pen: Logan
Pen: Aguirre (3), Sciarra
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)

10 October 1999
17:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
South Africa  47–3  Spain
Tries: Vos (2), Leonard, Penalty try, Muller, Skinstad, Swanepoel
Con: de Beer (6)
Pen: Velazco Querol
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)

15 October 1999
17:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
South Africa  39–3  Uruguay
Tries: van den Berg (2), van der Westhuizen, Kayser, Fleck
Con: de Beer (4)
Pen: de Beer (2)
Pen: Aguirre

16 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
Scotland  48–0  Spain
Tries: Mather (2), McLaren, Longstaff, Hodge, C Murray, Penalty try
Con: Hodge (5)
Pen: Hodge
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: Clayton Thomas (Wales)

Pool B[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 New Zealand 3 3 0 0 176 28 9
 England 3 2 0 1 184 47 7
 Tonga 3 1 0 2 47 171 5
 Italy 3 0 0 3 35 196 3
2 October 1999
17:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
England  67–7  Italy
Tries: Wilkinson, Hill, Luger, Back, de Glanville, Corry, Dawson, Perry
Con: Wilkinson 6
Pen: Wilkinson 5
Tries: Dominguez
Con: Dominguez
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 73,470
Referee: Andre Watson (South Africa)

3 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
New Zealand  45–9  Tonga
Tries: Lomu (2), Kelleher, Maxwell, Kronfeld
Con: Mehrtens (4)
Pen: Mehrtens (4)
Pen: Taumalolo (3)
Ashton Gate, Bristol
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Derek Bevan (Wales)

9 October 1999
16:30 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
England  16–30  New Zealand
Tries: de Glanville
Con: Wilkinson
Pen: Wilkinson (3)
Tries: Kelleher, Wilson, Lomu
Con: Mehrtens (3)
Pen: Mehrtens (3)
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Peter Marshall (Australia)

10 October 1999
19:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
Italy  25–28  Tonga
Tries: Moscardi
Con: Dominguez
Pen: Dominguez (6)
Tries: Taufahema, Fatani, Tuipulotu
Con: Tuipulotu (2)
Pen: Tuipulotu (2)
Drop: Tuipulotu

14 October 1999
13:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
New Zealand  101–3  Italy
Tries: Wilson (3), Osborne (2), Lomu (2), Randell, Brown, Cullen, Hammett, Gibson, Robertson, Mika
Con: Brown (11)
Pen: Brown (3)
Pen: Dominguez
McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

15 October 1999
13:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
England  101–10  Tonga
Tries: Guscott (2), Greening (2), Luger (2), Healey (2), Greenwood (2), Dawson, Perry, Hill
Con: Grayson (12)
Pen: Grayson (4)
Tries: Tiueti
Con: Tuipulotu
Pen: Tuipulotu
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 72,485
Referee: Wayne Erickson (Australia)

Pool C[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 France 3 3 0 0 108 52 9
 Fiji 3 2 0 1 124 68 7
 Canada 3 1 0 2 114 82 5
 Namibia 3 0 0 3 42 186 3
1 October 1999
21:00 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
Fiji  67–18  Namibia
Tries: Lasagavibau (2), Naivaluwaqa, Raulini, Satala, Vuivau, Smith, Tikomaimakogai, Katalau
Con: Serevi (8)
Pen: Serevi (2)
Tries: Jacobs, Senekal
Con: Van Dyk
Pen: Van Dyk (2)

2 October 1999
14:00 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
France  33–20  Canada
Tries: Ntamack, Glas, Castaignède, Magne
Con: Dourthe (2)
Pen: Dourthe (3)
Tries: Williams (2)
Con: Ross, Rees
Pen: Ross, Rees

8 October 1999
21:00 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
France  47–13  Namibia
Tries: Mola (3), Ntamack, Mignoni, Bernat-Salles
Con: Dourthe (4)
Pen: Dourthe (3)
Tries: Samuelson
Con: Van Dyk
Pen: Van Dyk (2)

9 October 1999
13:30 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
Fiji  38–22  Canada
Tries: Satala (2), Vunibaka, Lasagavibau
Con: Little (3)
Pen: Little (3)
Drop: Little
Tries: James
Con: Rees
Pen: Rees (4)
Drop: Rees

14 October 1999
20:30 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
Canada  72–11  Namibia
Tries: Stanley (2), Snow (2), Nichols (2), Charron, Ross, Williams
Con: Rees (9)
Pen: Rees (3)
Tries: Hough
Pen: Van Dyk (2)

16 October 1999
14:00 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
France  28–19  Fiji
Tries: Juillet, Dominici, Penalty try
Con: Dourthe (2)
Pen: Dourthe (2), Lamaison
Tries: Uluinayau
Con: Little
Pen: Little (4)

Pool D[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 Wales 3 2 0 1 118 71 7
 Samoa 3 2 0 1 97 72 7
 Argentina 3 2 0 1 83 51 7
 Japan 3 0 0 3 36 140 3

Final ranking of Wales, Samoa, and Argentina was according to total points scored.

1 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Wales  23–18  Argentina
Tries: Charvis, Taylor
Con: Jenkins (2)
Pen: Jenkins (3)
Pen: Quesada (6)

3 October 1999
13:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Samoa  43–9  Japan
Tries: Lima (2), So'oialo (2), Leaegailesolo
Con: Leaegailesolo (3)
Pen: Leaegailesolo (4)
Pen: Hirose (3)

9 October 1999
14:30 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Wales  64–15  Japan
Tries: Taylor (2), Howley, Gibbs, Llewellyn, Thomas, Bateman, Howarth, Penalty try
Con: Jenkins (8)
Pen: Jenkins
Tries: Tuidraki, Ohata
Con: Hirose
Pen: Hirose

10 October 1999
13:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Argentina  32–16  Samoa
Tries: Allub
Pen: Quesada (8)
Drop: Quesada
Tries: Paramore
Con: Leaegailesolo
Pen: Leaegailesolo (3)

14 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Wales  31–38  Samoa
Tries: Thomas, Penalty try (2)
Con: Jenkins (2)
Pen: Jenkins (4)
Tries: Bachop (2), Falaniko, Lam, Leaegailesolo
Con: Leaegailesolo (5)
Pen: Leaegailesolo

16 October 1999
19:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Argentina  33–12  Japan
Tries: Albanese, Pichot
Con: Contepomi
Pen: Quesada (7)
Pen: Hirose (4)

Pool E[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 Australia 3 3 0 0 135 31 9
 Ireland 3 2 0 1 100 45 7
 Romania 3 1 0 2 50 126 5
 United States 3 0 0 3 52 135 3
2 October 1999
19:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Ireland  53–8  United States
Tries: Keith Wood (4), Eric Elwood (2), Brian O'Driscoll, Justin Bishop
Con: David Humphreys (5)
Pen: David Humphreys
Report Tries: Kevin Dalzell
Pen: Kevin Dalzell
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Joël Dume (France)

3 October 1999
19:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Australia  57–9  Romania
Tries: Toutai Kefu (3), Joe Roff (2), Rod Kafer, Matthew Burke, Jason Little, Tim Horan
Con: Matthew Burke (5), John Eales
Report Pen: Petre Mitu (3)
Ravenhill, Belfast
Attendance: 12,500
Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)

9 October 1999
19:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
United States  25–27  Romania
Tries: Kurt Shuman, Brian Hightower, Dan Lyle
Con: Kevin Dalzell (2)
Pen: Kevin Dalzell (2)
Report Tries: Adrian Petrache (2), Gheorghe Solomie (2),
Con: Petre Mitu (2)
Pen: Petre Mitu
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

10 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Ireland  3–23  Australia
Pen: David Humphreys Report Tries: Ben Tune, Tim Horan
Con: Matthew Burke (2)
Pen: Matthew Burke (2), John Eales

15 October 1999
19:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Ireland  44–14  Romania
Tries: Conor O'Shea (2), Andrew Ward, Tom Tierney, Dion O'Cuinneagain
Con: Eric Elwood (5)
Pen: Eric Elwood (2)
Drop goals: Brian O'Driscoll
Report Tries: Daniel Sauan
Pen: Petre Mitu (3)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Brian Campsall (England)

Ranking of third-placed teams[edit]

Qualified for Quarter-final Play-offs
Team W D L PF PA Pts
 Argentina 2 0 1 83 51 7
 Canada 1 0 2 114 82 5
 Uruguay 1 0 2 42 97 5
 Romania 1 0 2 50 126 5
 Tonga 1 0 2 47 171 5

Play-off Stage[edit]

The Quarter-final play-offs were three one-off knock-out matches between the runners up of each pool and the third best placed side from all five pools to decide the remaining three places in the Quarter-finals. The matches were played in mid-week between the completion of the pool stage and the start of the Quarter-finals. The matches produced fairly easy wins for England, beating Fiji 45–24, and also for Scotland, beating Samoa 35–20. However the final match produced the shock of the round where Argentina upset Ireland 28–24 in Lens.

Quarter-final Play-offs[edit]

20 October 1999
13:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
England  45–24  Fiji
Tries: Luger, Back, Beal, Greening
Con: Dawson, Wilkinson
Pen: Wilkinson (7)
Report Tries: Satala, Nakauta, Tikomaimakogai
Con: Little (3)
Pen: Serevi
Twickenham, London
Referee: Clayton Thomas (Wales)

20 October 1999
15:30 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Scotland  35–20  Samoa
Tries: C Murray, M Leslie, Penalty try
Con: Logan
Pen: Logan (5)
Report Tries: Lima, Sititi
Con: Leaegailesolo (2)
Pen: Leaegailesolo (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Referee: David McHugh (Ireland)

20 October 1999
20:30 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
Ireland  24–28  Argentina
Pen: Humphreys (7)
Drop: Humphreys
Report Tries: Albanese
Con: Quesada
Pen: Quesada (7)
Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens
Attendance: 41,320
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)

Knock-out stage[edit]

The winners from the Quarter-final Play-offs joined the pool winners (who unlike their counterparts had enjoyed a week long rest) in the quarter-finals, with England, hosts Wales and Scotland all being knocked out, and with France (who beat Argentina in their quarter-final) being the only team left from the Northern Hemisphere. The Semi-finals, which were both played at Twickenham, produced two of the closest matches of the tournament, with Australia beating South Africa 27–21 in extra-time after normal time ended with the scores locked at 21–21. The second semi-final between favourites New Zealand and underdogs France was an all-time classic, as France overturned a 10–24 half time deficit to win 43–31 and reach their second World Cup final. France and Australia met at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, 6 November 1999 with Australia overcoming France 35–12 to become the first team to win the Webb Ellis Cup twice. The Cup was presented by HM Queen Elizabeth II to Australian captain John Eales.[2][3]

The overall attendance for the tournament was 1.75 million[5]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
24 October – Stade de France, Paris        
  South Africa  44
30 October – Twickenham, London
  England  21  
  South Africa  21
23 October – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
      Australia (a.e.t.)  27  
  Australia  24
6 November – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
  Wales  9  
  Australia  35
24 October – Murrayfield, Edinburgh    
    France  12
  New Zealand  30
31 October – Twickenham, London
  Scotland  18  
  New Zealand  31 Third place
24 October – Lansdowne Road, Dublin
      France  43   4 November– Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
  France  47
  South Africa  22
  Argentina  26  
  New Zealand  18


23 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Wales  9–24  Australia
Pens: Jenkins (3) Report Tries: Gregan (2), Tune
Con: Burke (3)
Pen: Burke
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,499
Referee: Colin Hawke (New Zealand)

24 October 1999
14:00 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
South Africa  44–21  England
Tries: van der Westhuizen, P Rossouw
Con: de Beer (2)
Pen: de Beer (5)
Drop: de Beer (5)
Report Pen: Grayson (6), Wilkinson

24 October 1999
18:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
New Zealand  30–18  Scotland
Tries: Umaga (2)
Wilson, Lomu
Con: Mehrtens (2)
Pen: Mehrtens (2)
Report Tries: C Murray, Pountney
Con: Logan
Pen: Logan
Drop: Townsend
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 67,529
Referee: Ed Morrison (England)

24 October 1999
15:30 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
France  47–26  Argentina
Tries: Garbajosa (2), Bernat-Salles (2), Ntamack
Con: Lamaison (5)
Pen: Lamaison (4)
Report Tries: Pichot, Arbizu
Con: Quesada (2)
Pen: Quesada (3), Contepomi
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: Derek Bevan (Wales)


30 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
 South Africa 21–27
Pen: de Beer (6)
Drop: de Beer
Report Pen: Burke (8)
Drop: Larkham
Twickenham, London
Referee: Derek Bevan (Wales)

31 October 1999
15:00 WET/GMT (UTC+00)
 New Zealand 31–43  France
Tries: Lomu (2), Wilson
Con: Mehrtens (2)
Pen: Mehrtens (4)
Report Tries:Lamaison, Dominici, Dourthe, Bernat-Salles
Con: Lamaison (4)
Pen: Lamaison (3)
Drop: Lamaison (2)
Twickenham, London
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

Third-place play-off[edit]

4 November 1999
20:00 WET/GMT (UTC+00)
South Africa  22–18  New Zealand
Tries: Breyton Paulse
Con: Henry Honiball
Pen: Henry Honiball (3)
Drop goals: Percy Montgomery (2)
Report Pen: Andrew Mehrtens (6)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Peter Marshall (Australia)


6 November 1999
15:00 WET/GMT (UTC+00)
Australia  35–12  France
Tries: Ben Tune, Owen Finegan

Con: Matthew Burke (2)
Pen: Matthew Burke (7)

Report Pen: Christophe Lamaison (4)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,500
Referee: André Watson (South Africa)


British television rights holders ITV acted as the host broadcaster for the tournament,[6] with coverage shown in 209 countries, to an audience of 3.1 billion viewers.[7] In Australia, the event was broadcast by Seven Network.


  1. ^ The International Rugby Board did not open up the sport to professionals until August 1995, after the previous World Cup had been completed.
  2. ^ a b "1999: France 43–31 N Zealand – BBC Sport". BBC News. 24 September 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "1999: Aussies rule world again – BBC". BBC News. 24 September 2003. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "New Zealand Wins 2011 Rugby World Cup – Background and History". Goaustralia.about.com. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Rugby World Cup Background and History". Goaustralia.about.com. Retrieved 10 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Cain, Nick; Growden, Greg (2011). "17". Rugby Union for Dummies 3rd Edition. John Wiley & Sons. p. 261. ISBN 9781119991823. 

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