Australia at the Rugby World Cup

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Map of nations best results, excluding nations which unsuccessfully participated in qualifying tournaments.

The Australian national rugby union team, known as the Wallabies, together with South Africa and New Zealand, are the only teams to have won two Rugby World Cups. They have played all seven Rugby World Cup tournaments. Australia has also either hosted or co-hosted the Rugby World Cup on two occasions, in 1987 and 2003.

By position[edit]

 1991 Rugby World Cup Champions 

Australia
First title
  • 1995 Eliminated in Quarter finals
  • 1999
 1999 Rugby World Cup Champions 

Australia
Second title
  • 2003 Runner's -up
  • 2007 Eliminated in Quarter finals
  • 2011 Third Place

By Tournament[edit]

1987 -New Zealand & Australia[edit]

Group matches

23 May 1987
Australia  19 – 6  England
Tries: David Campese
Simon Poidevin
Con: Michael Lynagh
Pen: Michael Lynagh (3)
Try: Mike Harrison
Con: Jon Webb
Concord Oval, Sydney
Referee: Keith Lawrence New Zealand


Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 Australia 3 3 0 0 108 41 6
 England 3 2 0 1 100 32 4
 United States 3 1 0 2 39 99 2
 Japan 3 0 0 3 48 123 0
Quarter final
7 June 1987
Australia  30 – 24  Ireland
Tries: Burke
McIntyre
Smith
Con: Lynagh (4)
Pen: Lynagh (3)
Tries: Kiernan
MacNeil
Con: Kiernan (2)
Pen: Kiernan
Concord Oval, Sydney
Referee: Brian Anderson New Zealand

Semi-final
13 June 1987
Australia  24 – 30  France
Tries: Campese
Codey
Con: Lynagh (2)
Pen: Lynagh (3)
Drop: Lynagh
Tries: Lorieux
Sella
Lagisquet
Blanco
Con: Camberabero (4)
Pen: Camberabero (2)
Concord Oval, Sydney
Attendance: 17,768
Referee: Brian Anderson Scotland


Third place play-off
18 June 1987
Australia  21 – 22  Wales
Tries: Burke
Grigg
Con: Lynagh (2)
Pen: Lynagh (2)
Drop: Lynagh
Tries: Roberts
Moriarty
Hadley
Con: Thorburn (2)
Pen: Thorburn (2)
Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua
Referee: Fred Howard England

1991 UK, Ireland and France[edit]

Group matches

4 October 1991
Argentina  19 – 32  Australia
Tries: Teran (2)
Con: Del Castillo
Pen: Del Castillo
Drop: Arbizu (2)
Tries: Campese (2), Horan (2), Kearns
Con: Lynagh (3)
Pen: Lynagh (2)
Stradey Park, Llanelli
Referee: David Bishop New Zealand

9 October 1991
Australia  9 – 3  Western Samoa
Pen: Lynagh (3) Pen: Vaea
Pontypool Park, Pontypool
Referee: Ed Morrison England

12 October 1991
Wales  3 – 38  Australia
Pen: Ring Tries: Roebuck (2), Slattery, Campese, Horan, Lynagh
Con: Lynagh (4)
Pen: Lynagh (2)
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Referee: Keith Lawrence New Zealand
Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 Australia 3 0 0 79 25 9
 Western Samoa 2 0 1 54 34 7
 Wales 1 0 2 32 61 5
 Argentina 0 0 3 38 83 3

Quarter final

20 October 1991
Ireland  18 – 19  Australia
Tries Hamilton
Con: Keyes
Pen: Keyes (3)
Drop goals Keyes
Tries: Campese (2), Lynagh
Con: Lynagh (2)
Pen: Lynagh
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: Jim Fleming Scotland

Semi final
27 October 1991
Australia  16 – 6  New Zealand
Tries: Campese, Horan
Con: Lynagh
Pen: Lynagh (2)
Pen: Fox (2)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: Jim Fleming Scotland

Final
27 October 1991
Australia  12 – 6  England
Tries: Daly
Con: Lynagh
Pen: Lynagh (2)
Pen: Webb (2)
Twickenham, London
Referee: Derek Bevan Wales


 1991 Rugby World Cup Champions 

Australia
First title

1995 South Africa[edit]

Group matches


1995-05-25
South Africa  27 – 18  Australia
Tries:
Pieter Hendriks, Joel Stransky
Con:
Joel Stransky
Pen:
Joel Stransky (4)
Drop Goal:
Joel Stransky
Tries:
Phil Kearns, Michael Lynagh
Con:
Michael Lynagh
Pen:
Michael Lynagh
Drop Goals:
Newlands, Cape Town
Attendance: 51 000 (capacity)
Referee: Derek Bevan Wales

1995-05-31
Australia  27 – 11  Canada
Tries:
Michael Lynagh, Tabua Tamanivalu, Joe Roff
Con:
Michael Lynagh (3)
Pen:
Michael Lynagh (2)
Drop Goals:
Tries:
Al Charron
Con:

Pen:
Gareth Rees (2)
Drop Goals:
Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 15 000
Referee: Patrick Robin France

1995-06-03
Australia  42 – 3  Romania
Tries: Damian Smith, David Wilson, Joe Roff, Michael Foley, Matt Burke
Con:
Matt Burke (2), John Eales (4)
Pen:

Drop Goals:
Tries:

Con:

Pen:
Ilie Ivancuic
Drop Goals:
Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch
Attendance: 15 000
Referee: Naoki Saito Japan
Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 South Africa 3 0 0 68 26 9
 Australia 2 0 1 87 41 7
 Canada 1 0 2 45 50 5
 Romania 0 0 3 14 97 3
Quarter final

15 September 2007
Australia  22 – 25  England
Tries:
Damian Smith
Con:
Michael Lynagh
Pen:
Michael Lynagh (5)
Drop Goals:
Tries:
Tony Underwood
Con:
Rob Andrew
Pen:
Rob Andrew (5)
Drop Goals:
Rob Andrew
Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: David Bishop New Zealand

1999 Wales[edit]

Group matches

1999-10-03
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
Pen: Petre Mitu (3)
Ravenhill, Belfast
Referee: Paul Honiss New Zealand

1999-10-10
Ireland  3 – 23  Australia
Pen: David Humphreys Tries: Ben Tune, Tim Horan
Con: Matthew Burke (2)
Pen: Matthew Burke (2), John Eales
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: Clayton Thomas Wales

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 Australia 3 0 0 135 31 6
 Ireland 2 0 1 100 45 4
 Romania 1 0 2 50 126 2
 United States 0 0 3 52 135 0

Quarter final
1999-10-23
Wales  9 – 24  Australia
Pens: Neil Jenkins (3) Tries: George Gregan (2), Ben Tune
Con: Matthew Burke (3)
Pen: Matthew Burke
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,499
Referee: Colin Hawke New Zealand

Semi-final
1999-10-30
South Africa  21 – 27
(a.e.t)
 Australia
Pen: Jannie de Beer (6)
Drop: Jannie de Beer
Pen: Matthew Burke (8)
Drop: Stephen Larkham
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Derek Bevan Wales

Final
1999-11-06
Australia  35 – 12  France
Tries: Ben Tune, Owen Finegan

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

Pen: Christophe Lamaison (4)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 74,500
Referee: André Watson South Africa


 1999 Rugby World Cup Champions 

Australia
Second title

2003 Australia[edit]

Group matches

2003-10-10
Australia  24 – 8  Argentina
Try: Sailor 20', Roff 74'
Con: Flatley
Pen: Flatley (4)
Try: Corleto 72'
Pen: M. Contepomi
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 81,350
Referee: Paul Honiss New Zealand

2003-10-18
Australia  90 – 8  Romania
Tries: Flatley, Rogers (3), Burke (2), Larkham (2), Mortlock, Roff, Giteau, Tuqiri, Smith
Con: Flatley (11)
Pen: Flatley
Tries: Toderasc
Pen: Tofan
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 48,778
Referee: Pablo De Luca Argentina

2003-10-25
Australia  142 – 0  Namibia
Tries: Latham (5), Lyons, Mortlock, Tuqiri (3), Penalty try, Rogers (2), Paul, Giteau (3), Grey, Turinui (2), Burke, Roe
Con: Rogers (16)
Adelaide Oval
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Joël Jutge France

2003-11-01
Australia  17–16  Ireland
Tries: Smith
Pen: Flatley (3)
Drop: Gregan
Tries: O'Driscoll
Con: O'Gara
Pen: O'Gara (2)
Drop: O'Driscoll
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Attendance: 54,206
Referee: Paddy O'Brien New Zealand
Main article: 2003 Rugby World Cup
Team Won Drawn Lost For Against BP Points
 Australia 4 0 0 273 32 2 18
 Ireland 3 0 1 141 56 3 15
 Argentina 2 0 2 140 57 3 11
 Romania 1 0 3 65 192 1 5
 Namibia 0 0 4 28 310 0 0
Quarter final

8 November 2003
Australia  33 – 16  Scotland
Tries Gregan, Lyons, Mortlock
Con: Flatley (3)
Pen: Flatley (4)
Tries: Russell
Con: Paterson
Pen: Paterson (2)
Drop Goals Paterson
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Steve Walsh New Zealand
semi final

2003-11-15
Australia  22 – 10  New Zealand
Try: Mortlock 9' c
Con: Flatley
Pen: Flatley (5)
Try: Thorne 35' c
Con: MacDonald
Pen: MacDonald
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 82,444
Referee: Chris White England
Final

22 November 2003
Australia  17 – 20
(a.e.t)
 England
Tries Tuqiri
Pen: Elton Flatley (4)
Tries: Robinson
Pen: Wilkinson (4)
Drop Goal Wilkinson
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 82,957
Referee: Andre Watson South Africa

2007 France[edit]

Group Matches

8 September 2007
Australia  91 – 3  Japan
Tries:
Rocky Elsom (3), Chris Latham (2), Berrick Barnes (2), Drew Mitchell, George Smith, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Nathan Sharpe, Adam Freier
Con:
Stirling Mortlock (7), Matt Giteau (3)
Pen:
Stirling Mortlock
Drop Goals
Tries:

Con:

Pen:
Kosei Ono
Drop Goals:
Stade Gerland, Lyon
Referee: Alan Lewis Republic of Ireland

15 September 2007
Australia  32 – 20  Wales
Tries:
Chris Latham (2), Matt Giteau, Stirling Mortlock
Con:
Stirling Mortlock (2), Matt Giteau
Pen:
Stirling Mortlock (2)
Drop Goals:
Berrick Barnes
Tries:
Jonathan Thomas, Shane Williams
Con:
James Hook
Pen:
Stephen Jones, James Hook (2)
Drop Goals:
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Steve Walsh New Zealand

23 September 2007
Australia  55 – 12  Fiji
Tries:
Drew Mitchell (3), Matt Giteau (2), Adam Ashley-Cooper, Stephen Hoiles
Con:
Matt Giteau (4)
Pen:
matt Giteau (3)
Drop Goals:
Berrick Barnes
Tries:
Isoa Neivua, Aca Ratuva
Con:
Seremaia Bai
Pen:

Drop Goals:
Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Referee: Nigel Owen Wales

29 September 2007
Australia  37 – 6  Canada
Tries:
Drew Mitchell (2), Al Baxter, Adam Freier, George Smith, Chris Latham
Con:
Cameron Shepherd (2)
Pen:
Julian Huxley
Drop Goals:
Tries:

Con:

Pen:
James Pritchard (2)
Drop Goals:
Stade Chaban Delmas, Bordeaux
Referee: Chris White England

Pool B games -

Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/- BP Pts
 Australia 4 4 0 0 30 215 41 +174 4 20
 Fiji 4 3 0 1 14 114 136 −22 3 15
 Wales 4 2 0 2 23 168 105 +63 4 12
 Japan 4 0 1 3 7 64 210 −146 1 3
 Canada 4 0 1 3 6 51 120 −69 0 2
Quarter final

2007-010-06
Australia  10 – 12  England
Tries:
Lote Tuqiri
Con:
Stirling Mortlock
Pen:
Stirling Mortlock
Drop Goals:
Tries:

Con:

Pen:
Jonny Wilkinson (4)
Drop Goals:
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Referee: Alain Roland Republic of Ireland

2011 New Zealand[edit]

Group Matches


11 September 2011
15:30
Australia  32 – 6  Italy
Try: Alexander 50' m
Ashley-Cooper 55' c
O'Connor 58' c
Ioane 66' c
Con: O'Connor (3/4)
Pen: Cooper (2/3) 19', 30'
Report[dead link] Pen: Bergamasco (2/3) 38', 40+'
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 25,731
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)

17 September 2011
20:30
Australia  6 – 15  Ireland
Pen: O'Connor (2/4) 11', 23'
Report[dead link] Pen: Sexton (2/5) 17', 49'
O'Gara (2/2) 62', 71'
Drop: Sexton 19'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 58,678
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)

23 September 2011
20:30
Australia  67 – 5  United States
Try: Horne 8' m
Elsom 11' m
Beale 31' c
Fainga'a (2) 35' m, 71' m
Mitchell 45'c
McCabe 48'm
Ashley-Cooper (3) 59' c, 64' c, 66' c
Samo 78' c
Con: Beale (0/1)
Cooper (2/5)
Barnes (4/5)
Report[dead link] Try: Gagiano 23' m
Con: Malifa (0/1)

1 October 2011
15:30
Australia  68 – 22  Russia
Try: Barnes (2) 7' m, 79' c
Mitchell (2) 9' c, 49' c
McCalman 12' c
Pocock (2) 15' c, 22' c
Moore 36' c
Ashley-Cooper 39' c
Ma'afu 42' c
Con: O'Connor (9/10)
Report[dead link] Try: Ostroushko 33' m
Simplikevich 60' c
Rachkov 68' c
Con: Kushnarev (0/1)
Rachkov (2/2)
Drop: Rachkov (1/1) 47'
Trafalgar Park, Nelson
Attendance: 16,307
Referee: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/- BP Pts
 Ireland 4 4 0 0 15 135 34 +101 1 17
 Australia 4 3 0 1 25 173 48 +125 3 15
 Italy 4 2 0 2 13 92 95 −3 2 10
 United States 4 1 0 3 4 38 122 −84 0 4
 Russia 4 0 0 4 8 57 139 −139 1 1
Quarter Finals

9 October 2011
18:00 NZDT (UTC+13)
South Africa  9 – 11  Australia
Pen: Steyn (2/4) 39', 56'
Drop: Steyn (1/1) 60'
Lambie (0/1)
Report[dead link] Try: Horwill 11' m
Con: O'Connor (0/1)
Pen: O'Connor (2/2) 17', 72'
Semifinal

2011-10-16
20:30
New Zealand  20 – 6

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 Australia
Tries: Nonu
Pen: Weepu
Drop: Cruden
Pen: O'Connor
Drop: Cooper
Third place play-off

21 October 2011
20:30 NZDT (UTC+13)
Wales  18 – 21  Australia
Try: Shane Williams 50' m
Halfpenny 80+' c
Con: Hook (0/1)
S. Jones (1/1)
Pen: Hook (1/2) 20'
Halfpenny (0/1)
S. Jones (1/1) 71'
Drop: Shane Williams (0/1)
Tracker[dead link] Try: Barnes 12' c
McCalman 76' m
Con: O'Connor (1/2)
Pen: O'Connor (2/4) 54', 58'
Drop: Barnes (1/1) 68'
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 53,014
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Hosting[edit]

1987[edit]

Australia hosted the first 1987 Rugby World Cup, along with New Zealand. Games were hosted at the following stadiums -

City Stadium Capacity
Brisbane Ballymore Stadium 24,000
Sydney Concord Oval 20,000

Most of the pool games were in New Zealand, but the semi-finals, and one of the quarter finals, were played in Australia.

2003[edit]

The opening game at Telstra Stadium between Australia and Argentina in 2003.

Venues[edit]

Australia won the right to host the World Cup in 2003 without the involvement of New Zealand after a contractual dispute over ground signage rights between the New Zealand Rugby Football Union and Rugby World Cup Limited. The overall stadium capacity was reduced from the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales.

The Adelaide Oval underwent a A$20 million redevelopment for the 2003 Rugby World Cup, financed entirely by the South Australian Cricket Association, with two new grandstands built adjacent to the Victor Richardson Gates. The Suncorp Stadium was a new A$280 million venue designed specifically for rugby, and was opened just before the start of the 2003 World Cup. The Central Coast Stadium was also a newly built venue, and opened in February 2000 at a cost of A$30 million.

Aussie Stadium was one of two venues in Sydney that were used for football during the 2000 Olympic Games. The other venue in Sydney was the Telstra Stadium which was the centrepiece of the 2000 Olympic Games. Formerly known as Stadium Australia, Telstra Stadium was built at a cost of over A$600 million and was the biggest stadium used in the 2003 World Cup. The only stadium with a retractable roof used was the Telstra Dome in Melbourne.

Stadium Games City State Capacity Best Crowd
Telstra Stadium 7 Sydney New South Wales 83,500 82,957 (Final: Australia vs England)
Aussie Stadium 5 Sydney New South Wales 41,159 37,137 (Scotland vs. Fiji)
Central Coast Stadium 3 Gosford New South Wales 20,119 19,653 (Japan vs. United States)
WIN Stadium 2 Wollongong New South Wales 18,484 17,833 (France vs. United States)
Suncorp Stadium 9 Brisbane Queensland 52,500 48,778 (Australia vs. Romania)
Dairy Farmers Stadium 3 Townsville Queensland 24,843 21,309 (France vs. Japan)
Telstra Dome 7 Melbourne Victoria 53,371 54,206 (Australia vs. Ireland)
Subiaco Oval 5 Perth Western Australia 42,922 38,834 (South Africa vs. England)
Canberra Stadium 4 Canberra Australian Capital Territory 24,647 22,641 (Italy vs. Wales)
Adelaide Oval'" 2 Adelaide South Australia 33,597 33,000 (Australia vs. Namibia)
York Park 1 Launceston Tasmania 19,891 15,457 (Namibia vs. Romania)

Future world cups[edit]

Australia has bid for the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups. It lost both bids, to England and Japan.

Overall record[edit]

Australia vs Played Win Draw Lost Win %
 Argentina 2 2 0 0 100%
 Canada 2 2 0 0 100%
 England 5 2 0 3 40%
 Fiji 1 1 0 0 100%
 France 2 1 0 1 50%
 Ireland 5 4 0 1 80%
 Italy 1 1 0 0 100%
 Japan 2 2 0 0 100%
 Namibia 1 1 0 0 100%
 New Zealand 3 2 0 1 66%
 Romania 3 3 0 0 100%
 Russia 1 1 0 0 100%
 Scotland 1 1 0 0 100%
 South Africa 3 2 0 1 66%
 United States 3 3 0 0 100%
 Wales 5 4 0 1 80%
 Samoa 1 1 0 0 100%
Overall 39 32 0 7 83%

Australian records at the Rugby World Cup[edit]

World Cup Champions
 1991 Rugby World Cup Champions 

Australia
First title
 1999 Rugby World Cup Champions 

Australia
Second title

Team Records[edit]

Highest total of points in a game

142 vs  Namibia, 2003
91 vs  Japan, 2007
90 vs  Romania, 2003
68 vs  Russia, 2011
67 vs  United States, 2011
57 vs  Romania, 1999
55 vs  United States, 1999
55 vs  Fiji, 2007

Individual Records[edit]

Most World Cup Matches
Most Points Overall
Most Points in a Game

42 vs  Namibia - Mat Rogers 2003
30 vs  Romania - Elton Flatley 2003
27 vs  Fiji - Matt Giteau 2007
25 vs  France - Matt Burke 1999
25 vs  Namibia - Chris Latham 2003
24 vs  South Africa - Matt Burke 2003

Most Tries Overall
Most Tries in a Game

5 vs  Namibia - Chris Latham 2003
3 vs  Romania - Toutai Kefu 1999
3 vs  Fiji - Drew Mitchell 2007
3 vs  United States - Adam Ashley-Cooper 2011
3 vs  Romania - Mat Rogers 2003
3 vs  Namibia - Lote Tuqiri 2003
3 vs  Namibia - Matt Giteau 2003
3 vs  Japan - Rocky Elsom 2003

Most Penalty Goals
Most Penalty Goals in a Game

8 vs  South Africa - Matt Burke 1999
7 vs  France - Matt Burke 1999
5 vs  England - Michael Lynagh 1995
5 vs  New Zealand - Elton Flatley 2003

Most Drop Goals

Portrayal on screen[edit]

Australia can be seen playing South Africa in the feature film Invictus based on the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

References[edit]