1999 Rugby World Cup – European qualification

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In the 1999 Rugby World Cup qualifying, European teams played for six places in the final tournament. Three more places were available in the repechage. France and Wales were automatic qualifiers.

Round A[edit]

Pool 1[edit]

Ukraine qualify for Round B.

Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1  Ukraine 4 4 0 0 177 21 +156 12
2  Serbia and Montenegro 4 2 0 2 18 70 -52 8
3  Switzerland 4 1 1 2 40 50 -10 7
4  Israel 4 1 1 2 46 73 -27 7
5  Austria 4 1 0 3 15 82 -67 6
Match Schedule
5 October 1996
Ukraine  60 - 0  Serbia and Montenegro

26 October 1996
Austria  3 - 0
withdraw
 Serbia and Montenegro

2 November 1996
Switzerland  0 - 30  Ukraine

23 November 1996
Israel  15 - 3  Austria

30 November 1996
Israel  9 - 9  Switzerland

1 March 1997
Serbia and Montenegro  8 - 0  Switzerland

26 April 1997
Austria  6 - 36  Ukraine

10 May 1997
Serbia and Montenegro  10 - 7  Israel

17 May 1997
Ukraine  51 - 15  Israel

24 May 1997
Switzerland  31 - 3  Austria

Pool 2[edit]

Croatia qualify for Round B.

Final Standings
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1  Croatia 4 4 0 0 192 67 +125 12
2  Latvia 4 3 0 1 165 52 +113 10
3  Moldova 4 2 0 2 53 81 -28 8
4  Norway 4 1 0 3 42 125 -83 6
5  Bulgaria 4 0 0 4 44 171 -127 4
Match Schedule
28 September 1996
Latvia  44 - 6  Norway

12 October 1996
Norway  7 - 43  Croatia

12 October 1996
Bulgaria  6 - 14  Moldova

19 October 1996
Moldova  3 - 8  Latvia

26 October 1996
Bulgaria  31 - 46  Croatia

3 May 1997
Moldova  31 - 7  Norway

10 May 1997
Latvia  89 - 0  Bulgaria

10 May 1997
Croatia  60 - 5  Moldova

17 May 1997
Croatia  43 - 24  Latvia

24 May 1997
Norway  22 - 7  Bulgaria

Pool 3[edit]

Andorra qualify for Round B.

Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1  Andorra 4 4 0 0 139 65 +74 12
2  Sweden 4 3 0 1 191 60 +131 10
3  Hungary 4 2 0 2 50 79 -29 8
4  Lithuania 4 1 0 3 70 157 -87 6
5  Luxembourg 4 0 0 4 27 116 -89 4
Match Schedule
5 October 1996
Lithuania  26 - 3  Luxembourg

19 October 1996
Andorra  54 - 24  Lithuania

19 October 1996
Sweden  39 - 17  Hungary

2 November 1996
Luxembourg  3 - 12  Hungary

2 November 1996
Andorra  21 - 20  Sweden

15 March 1997
Luxembourg  16 - 30  Andorra

19 April 1997
Sweden  48 - 5  Luxembourg

3 May 1997
Lithuania  17 - 84  Sweden

31 May 1997
Hungary  16 - 3  Lithuania

14 June 1997
Hungary  5 - 34  Andorra

Round B[edit]

Pool 1[edit]

Italy and Georgia qualify for Round C.

Final Standings
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1  Italy 4 4 0 0 220 62 +158 12
2  Georgia 4 3 0 1 74 60 +14 10
3  Croatia 4 2 0 2 105 90 +15 8
4  Russia 4 1 0 3 85 92 -7 6
5  Denmark 4 0 0 4 26 206 -180 4
Match Schedule
12 October 1997
Georgia  29 - 15  Croatia

18 October 1997
Denmark  8 - 19  Georgia

19 October 1997
Croatia  23 - 16  Russia

1 November 1997
Italy A Italy 102 - 3  Denmark

11 April 1998
Italy A Italy 31 - 14  Georgia

18 April 1998
Russia  18 - 48  Italy

3 May 1998
Russia  45 - 9  Denmark

16 May 1998
Denmark  6 - 40  Croatia

20 May 1998
Georgia  12 - 6  Russia

6 June 1998
Croatia  27 - 39  Italy A

Pool 2[edit]

Romania and Netherlands qualify for Round C.

Final Standings
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1  Romania 4 4 0 0 238 51 +187 12
2  Netherlands 4 3 0 1 106 78 +78 10
3  Ukraine 4 2 0 2 97 87 +10 8
4  Poland 4 1 0 3 58 152 -94 6
5  Belgium 4 0 0 4 49 180 -131 4
Match Schedule
4 October 1997
Belgium  18 - 83  Romania

18 October 1997
Ukraine  48 - 5  Belgium

26 October 1997
Netherlands  49 - 7  Poland

1 November 1997
Netherlands  35 - 13  Ukraine

28 March 1998
Poland  30 - 10  Belgium

18 April 1998
Belgium  16 - 19  Netherlands

25 April 1998
Romania  42 - 3  Netherlands

2 May 1998
Romania  74 - 13  Poland

16 May 1998
Poland  8 - 19  Ukraine

30 May 1998
Ukraine  17 - 39  Romania

Pool 3[edit]

Spain and Portugal qualify for Round C.

Final Standings
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1  Spain 4 4 0 0 158 42 +116 12
2  Portugal 4 3 0 1 120 60 +60 10
3  Germany 4 2 0 2 102 82 +20 8
4  Czech Republic 4 1 0 3 80 105 -25 6
5  Andorra 4 0 0 4 45 216 -171 4
Match Schedule
13 September 1997
Czech Republic  45 - 20  Andorra

4 October 1997
Andorra  11 - 56  Germany

18 October 1997
Germany  31 - 17  Czech Republic

8 November 1997
Andorra  3 - 62  Spain

30 November 1997
Spain  39 - 8  Czech Republic

4 April 1998
Portugal  30 - 6  Germany

18 April 1998
Czech Republic  10 - 15  Portugal

26 April 1998
Germany  9 - 24  Spain

9 May 1998
Spain  33 - 22  Portugal

30 May 1998
Portugal  53 - 11  Andorra

Round C[edit]

Pool 1[edit]

Ireland and Romania qualify for RWC 1999, Georgia goes forward to Repechage.

Final Standings
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1  Ireland 2 2 0 0 123 35 +88 6
2  Romania 2 1 0 1 62 76 -14 4
3  Georgia 2 0 0 2 23 97 -74 2
Match Schedule
Point system: try 5 pt., conversion: 2 pt., penalty kick 3pt. drop 3pt,
Click "show" for more info about match (scorers, line-up etc)

Pool 2[edit]

England and Italy qualify for RWC 1999, Netherlands goes forward to Repechage.

Final Standings
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1  England 2 2 0 0 133 15 +118 6
2  Italy 2 1 0 1 82 30 +52 4
3  Netherlands 2 0 0 2 7 177 -170 2
Match Schedule
14 November 1998
England  110 - 0  Netherlands
The Galpharm Stadium (formerly the Alfred McAlpine Stadium), Huddersfield

18 November 1998
Netherlands  7 - 67  Italy
The Galpharm Stadium (formerly the Alfred McAlpine Stadium), Huddersfield

22 November 1998
England  23 - 15  Italy
The Galpharm Stadium (formerly the Alfred McAlpine Stadium), Huddersfield

Pool 3[edit]

Scotland and Spain qualify for RWC 1999, Portugal goes forward to Repechage.

Final Standings
Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1  Scotland 2 2 0 0 170 14 +156 6
2  Spain 2 1 0 1 24 102 -78 2
3  Portugal 2 0 0 2 28 106 -78 0
Match Schedule
28 November 1998
Scotland XV Scotland 85 - 11  Portugal
Murrayfield, Edinburgh

2 December 1998
Portugal  17 - 21  Spain
Murrayfield, Edinburgh

5 December 1998
Scotland XV Scotland 85 - 3  Spain
Murrayfield, Edinburgh

References[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Francesco Volpe, Paolo Pacitti (Author), Rugby 2000, GTE Gruppo Editorale (1999). (Italian)