Ireland at the Rugby World Cup

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

The Ireland national rugby union team have played all seven Rugby World Cup tournaments, but have yet to appear in a semi-final. Strangely, Ireland has never played either South Africa or England in a RWC match.

Ireland has competed at every Rugby World Cup since the tournament was first held in Australia and New Zealand in 1987. The furthest Ireland have progressed at any World Cup has been to the quarter-finals, which they have made five times. After a loss to Wales, Ireland finished second in their pool in 1987 but were then knocked out by Australia in their quarter final in Sydney. In 1991 Ireland again lost only the one match in pool play (to Scotland). They again met the Australians in the quarter-finals, who defeated them by one point. Runner-up in their pool in 1995 to the All Blacks, Ireland were defeated by France in their quarter-final in Durban.

Ireland finished second in their pool in 1999, behind Australia and went into the quarter-final play-offs (a system exclusive to the 1999 tournament). There they lost to Argentina, and thus, not being a quarter-finalists, they were not given automatic entry into 2003. They defeated Russia and Georgia to go through as Europe 1. They finished second to Australia in their pool, and were knocked out by France in the quarter finals.

They started in the so-called "Group of death" with hosts France, Argentina, Namibia and Georgia in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. They played Namibia (the lowest ranked team in the World cup) in their opening game on 9 September which resulted in a narrow 32–17 win.[1] Their progress was then put into doubt when they beat Georgia 14–10, not obtaining a bonus point.[2] France's victory over Namibia 87–10 put Ireland's progression from the group in doubt, and this was compounded when the French defeated Ireland 25–3.[3] Entering their last group match against Argentina, needing four tries to secure a bonus point without allowing Argentina anything, Ireland were defeated by 30 points to 15 and crashed out at the pool stage for the first time.[4]

Ireland began their 2011 Rugby World Cup campaign on the back of four defeats in a series of warm-up tests in August, with a 22-10 victory over the United States in New Plymouth on 11 September. Failing to secure a bonus point against world cup minnows the United States, a team ranked far below Ireland, this was an unconvincing win. Contrary to preceding form, and indeed beating most commentators expectations, Ireland produced a memorable performance to defeat reigning tri-nations champions Australia 15-6 in their second pool game in Eden Park in Auckland on 17 September. This was the first Irish win against tri-nations opposition in the southern hemisphere in 32 years. It was also Ireland's first ever win against Australia in the Rugby World Cup. After comprehensive wins against Russia and Italy in the final two pool-stage matches, Ireland topped Pool C. This was the first ever time Ireland came first in a world cup pool. Ireland advanced to the quarter-finals to face Wales in Wellington. They were defeated 22-10 by the Welsh, thus ending their 2011 campaign.

By position[edit]

Ireland has reached the quarter-finals five times, but have not progressed beyond that stage.

Matches[edit]

1987 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool 2 matches –

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 Wales 3 3 0 0 82 31 6
 Ireland 3 2 0 1 84 41 4
 Canada 3 1 0 2 65 90 2
 Tonga 3 0 0 3 29 98 0

1987-05-25
Ireland  6–13  Wales
Pen: Kiernan (2) Report Try: Ring
Pen: Thorburn
Drop: Davies (2)
Athletic Park, Wellington
Attendance: 17,500
Referee: Kerry Fitzgerald Australia

1987-05-30
Canada  19–46  Ireland
Try: Cardinal
Pen: Rees (3)
Wyatt
Drop: Rees
Report Tries: Crossan (2)
Bradley
Spillane
Ringland
MacNeill
Con: Kiernan (5)
Pen: Kiernan (2)
Drop: Ward
Kiernan
Carisbrook, Dunedin
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Fred Howard England

1987-06-03
Ireland  32–9  Tonga
Tries: Mullin (3)
MacNeill (2)
Con: Ward (3)
Pen: Ward (2)
Report Pen: Amone (3)
Ballymore, Brisbane
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Guy Maurette France

Quarter-final

7 June 1987
Australia  33–15  Ireland
Tries: Burke (2)
McIntyre
Smith
Con: Lynagh (4)
Pen: Lynagh (3)
Report Tries: MacNeill
Kiernan
Con: Kiernan (2)
Pen: Kiernan
Concord Oval, Sydney
Attendance: 14,356
Referee: Brian Anderson (Scotland)

1991 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool B matches –

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 Scotland 3 0 0 122 36 9
 Ireland 2 0 1 102 51 7
 Japan 1 0 2 77 87 5
 Zimbabwe 0 0 3 31 158 3
1991-10-06
Ireland  55–11  Zimbabwe
Tries: Robinson (4), Popplewell (2), Geoghegan, Curtis
Con: Keyes (4)
Pen: Keyes (5)
Report Tries: Dawson, Schultz
Pen: Ferreira
Landsdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Keith Lawrence New Zealand

1991-10-09
Ireland  32–16  Japan
Tries: Mannion (2), O’Hara, Staples
Con: Keyes (2)
Pen: Keyes (4)
Report Tries: Hayashi, Kajihara, Yoshida
Con: Hosokawa (2)
Landsdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Laikini Colati Fiji

1991-10-12
Scotland  24–15  Ireland
Tries: Shiel, Armstrong, S. Hastings
Con: G. Hastings (2)
Pen: G. Hastings (3)
Drop: Chalmers
Report Pen: Keyes (4)
Drop: Keyes
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Fred Howard England

Quarter-final

20 October 1991
Ireland  18–19  Australia
Tries: Hamilton
Con: Keyes
Pen: Keyes (3)
Drop: Keyes
Report Tries: Campese (2), Lynagh
Con: Lynagh (2)
Pen: Lynagh
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 54,500
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

1995 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool C matches –

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 New Zealand 3 0 0 225 45 9
 Ireland 2 0 1 93 94 7
 Wales 1 0 2 89 68 5
 Japan 0 0 3 55 252 3

1995-05-27
Ireland  19–43  New Zealand
Tries: David Corkery, Dennis McBride, Garrett Halpin
Con: Eric Elwood (2)
Report Tries: Jonah Lomu (2), Josh Kronfeld, Frank Bunce, Glen Osborne
Con: Andrew Mehrtens (3)
Pen: Andrew Mehrtens (4)
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 38 000
Referee: Wayne Erickson Australia


1995-06-04
Ireland  24–23  Wales
Tries: Eddie Halvey, Nick Popplewell, Denis McBride
Con: Eric Elwood (3)
Pen: Eric Elwood
Report Tries: Jonathan Humphreys, Hemi Taylor
Con: Neil Jenkins (2)
Pen: Neil Jenkins (2)
Drop: Adrian Davies
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 35 000
Referee: Ian Rogers South Africa

Quarter finals –

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
10 June – Ellis Park, Johannesburg        
  South Africa  42
17 June – Kings Park Stadium, Durban
  Western Samoa  14  
  South Africa  19
10 June – Kings Park Stadium, Durban
    France  15  
  France  36
24 June – Ellis Park, Johannesburg (a.e.t.)
  Ireland  12  
  South Africa  15
11 June – Newlands, Cape Town
    New Zealand  12
  England  25
18 June – Newlands, Cape Town
  Australia  22  
  England  29 Third place
11 June – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
    New Zealand  45  
  New Zealand  48   France  19
  Scotland  30     England  9
22 June – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
1995-06-10
France  36–12  Ireland
Tries: Philippe Saint-Andre, Émile Ntamack
Con: Thierry Lacroix
Pen: Thierry Lacroix (8)
Report Pen: Eric Elwood (4)
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 18 000
Referee: Ed Morrison England

1999 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool 5 matches –

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
1999-10-02
Ireland  53–8  United States
Tries: Keith Wood (4), Eric Elwood (2), Brian O'Driscoll, Justin Bishop
Con: David Humphreys (4)
Pen: David Humphreys (2)
Report Tries: Kevin Dalzell
Pen: Kevin Dalzell
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Joel Dume France

1999-10-10
Ireland  3–23  Australia
Pen: David Humphreys Report Tries: Ben Tune, Tim Horan
Con: Matthew Burke (2)
Pen: Matthew Burke (2), John Eales
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 49,250
Referee: Clayton Thomas Wales

1999-10-15
Ireland  44–14  Romania
Tries: Conor O'Shea (2), Andrew Ward, Thomas 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: Brain Campsell England


  Quarter-final play-offs Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                                     
        
  South Africa  South Africa 44  
    England  England 21  
England  England 45
Fiji  Fiji 24  
  South Africa  South Africa 21  
  Australia  Australia 27  
        
        
  Australia  Australia 24
    Wales  Wales 9  
      
        
  Australia  Australia 35
  France  France 12
        
        
  New Zealand  New Zealand 30
    Scotland  Scotland 18  
Scotland  Scotland 35
Samoa  Samoa 20  
  New Zealand  New Zealand 31
  France  France 43  
        
        
  France  France 47
    Argentina  Argentina 26  
Argentina  Argentina 28
Republic of Ireland  Ireland 24  
1999-10-20
Ireland  24–28  Argentina
Pen: David Humphreys (7)
Drop: David Humphreys
Report Tries: Diego Albanese
Con: Gonzalo Quesada
Pen: Gonzalo Quesada (7)
Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Stuart Dickinson Australia

2003 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Group A matches –

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
2003-10-11
Ireland  45–17  Romania
Tries: S. Horgan, Wood, Hickie (2), Costello
Con: Humphreys (3), O'Gara
Pen: Humphreys (4)
Report Tries: Penalty try, Maftei
Con: Tofan, Vioreanu
Pen: Tofan

2003-10-19
Ireland  64–7  Namibia
Tries: Quinlan (2), Dempsey, Hickie, Horan, Miller (2), G. Easterby, S. Horgan, Kelly
Con: O'Gara (7)
Report Tries: Powell
Con: Wessels
Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 35,382
Referee: Andrew Cole Australia

2003-10-26
Argentina  15–16  Ireland
Pen: Quesada (3)
Drop: Quesada, Corleto
Report Tries: Quinlan
Con: Humphreys
Pen: Humphreys, O'Gara (2)
Adelaide Oval
Attendance: 30,203
Referee: André Watson South Africa

2003-11-01
Australia  17–16  Ireland
Tries: Smith
Pen: Flatley (3)
Drop: Gregan
Report 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
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
8 November – Telstra Dome, Melbourne        
  New Zealand  29
15 November – Telstra Stadium, Sydney
  South Africa  9  
  New Zealand  10
8 November – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
    Australia  22  
  Australia  33
22 November – Telstra Stadium, Sydney
  Scotland  16  
  Australia  17
9 November – Telstra Dome, Melbourne
    England  20
  France  43
16 November – Telstra Stadium, Sydney
  Ireland  21  
  France  7 Third place
9 November – Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
    England  24  
  England  28   New Zealand  40
  Wales  17     France  13
20 November – Telstra Stadium, Sydney

2003-11-09
France  43–21  Ireland
Tries: Magne 3' c
Dominici 29' c
Harinordoquy 33' c
Crenca 47' c
Con: Michalak (4)
Pen: Michalak (5)
Report Tries: Maggs 52' c
O'Driscoll (2) 65' c, 80+2' c
Con: Humphreys (3)
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Attendance: 33,134
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan South Africa

2007 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool D matches –

Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/- BP Pts
 Argentina 4 4 0 0 16 143 33 +110 2 18
 France 4 3 0 1 24 188 37 +151 3 15
 Ireland 4 2 0 2 9 64 82 −18 1 9
 Georgia 4 1 0 3 5 50 111 −61 1 5
 Namibia 4 0 0 4 3 30 212 −182 0 0
  ARG FRA GEO IRE NAM
Argentina 17 – 12 33 – 3 30 – 15 63 – 3
France 64 – 7 25 – 3 87 – 10
Georgia 10 – 14 30 – 0
Ireland 32 – 17
Namibia

2011 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Ireland qualified for the 2011 RWC automatically.

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 57 196 −139 1 1

11 September 2011
18:00
Ireland  22 – 10  United States
Try: Bowe (2) 40' c, 60' c
Best 56' m
Con: Sexton (1/1)
O'Gara (1/2)
Pen: Sexton (1/5) 17'
Report Try: Emerick 80+' c
Con: Malifa (1/1)
Pen: Paterson (1/2) 54'
Ireland
FB 15 Geordan Murphy Substituted off 67'
RW 14 Tommy Bowe
OC 13 Brian O'Driscoll (c)
IC 12 Gordon D'Arcy
LW 11 Keith Earls
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton Substituted off 51'
SH 9 Conor Murray Substituted off 51'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Shane Jennings Substituted off 61'
BF 6 Stephen Ferris
RL 5 Paul O'Connell
LL 4 Donncha O'Callaghan
TP 3 Mike Ross
HK 2 Rory Best Substituted off 61'
LP 1 Tom Court Substituted off 65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jerry Flannery Substituted in 61'
PR 17 Tony Buckley Substituted in 65'
LK 18 Donnacha Ryan
N8 19 Denis Leamy Substituted in 61'
SH 20 Eoin Reddan Substituted in 51'
FH 21 Ronan O'Gara Substituted in 51'
WG 22 Andrew Trimble Substituted in 67'
Coach:
Ireland Declan Kidney
United States
FB 15 Blaine Scully
RW 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya
OC 13 Paul Emerick
IC 12 Andrew Suniula
LW 11 James Paterson
FH 10 Roland Suniula Substituted off 59'
SH 9 Mike Petri Substituted off 67'
N8 8 Nic Johnson
OF 7 Todd Clever (c)
BF 6 Louis Stanfill
RL 5 Hayden Smith
LL 4 John van der Giessen
TP 3 Shawn Pittman
HK 2 Phil Thiel Substituted off 68'
LP 1 Mike MacDonald Substituted off 63'
Replacements:
HK 16 Chris Biller Substituted in 68'
PR 17 Mate Moeakiola Substituted in 63'
LK 18 Scott LaValla
FL 19 Pat Danahy
SH 20 Tim Usasz Substituted in 67'
FH 21 Nese Malifa Substituted in 59'
WG 22 Colin Hawley
Coach:
Ireland Eddie O'Sullivan

Man of the Match:
Paul O'Connell (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Carlo Damasco (Italy)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)


17 September 2011
20:30
Australia  6 – 15  Ireland
Pen: O'Connor (2/4) 11', 23'
Report 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)
Australia
FB 15 Kurtley Beale
RW 14 James O'Connor
OC 13 Anthony Fainga'a Substituted off 75'
IC 12 Pat McCabe
LW 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper
FH 10 Quade Cooper
SH 9 Will Genia
N8 8 Radike Samo Substituted off 74'
OF 7 Ben McCalman
BF 6 Rocky Elsom Substituted off 73'
RL 5 James Horwill (c)
LL 4 Dan Vickerman Substituted off 63'
TP 3 Ben Alexander Substituted off 63'
HK 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
LP 1 Sekope Kepu
Replacements:
HK 16 Saia Fainga'a
PR 17 James Slipper Substituted in 63'
LK 18 Rob Simmons Substituted in 63'
N8 19 Wycliff Palu Substituted in 73'
FL 20 Scott Higginbotham Substituted in 74'
SH 21 Luke Burgess
WG 22 Drew Mitchell Substituted in 75'
Coach:
New Zealand Robbie Deans
Ireland
FB 15 Rob Kearney Substituted off 75'
RW 14 Tommy Bowe
OC 13 Brian O'Driscoll (c) Sent to blood bin 60' to 63'
IC 12 Gordon D'Arcy Substituted off 50'
LW 11 Keith Earls
FH 10 Jonathan Sexton
SH 9 Eoin Reddan Substituted off 57'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Sean O'Brien
BF 6 Stephen Ferris
RL 5 Paul O'Connell
LL 4 Donncha O'Callaghan
TP 3 Mike Ross Substituted off 77'
HK 2 Rory Best
LP 1 Cian Healy
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin
PR 17 Tom Court Substituted in 77'
LK 18 Donnacha Ryan
N8 19 Denis Leamy
SH 20 Conor Murray Substituted in 57'
FH 21 Ronan O'Gara Substituted in 50'
WG 22 Andrew Trimble Substituted in 60' Substituted off 63' Substituted in 75'
Coach:
Ireland Declan Kidney

Man of the Match:
Cian Healy (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Carlo Damasco (Italy)
Television match official:
Graham Hughes (England)


25 September 2011
18:00
Ireland  62 – 12  Russia
Try: McFadden 10' c
O'Brien 13' c
Boss 38' c
Earls(2) 39' c, 48' c
Trimble 40+' m
Kearney 65' c
Jennings 73' c
Buckley 79' m
Con: O'Gara (6/7)
Sexton (1/2)
Pen: O'Gara (1/1) 6'
Report Try: Artemyev 50' c
Simplikevich 59' m
Con: Rachkov (1/2)
Ireland
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Fergus McFadden
OC 13 Keith Earls Substituted off 49'
IC 12 Paddy Wallace
LW 11 Andrew Trimble
FH 10 Ronan O'Gara Substituted off 67'
SH 9 Isaac Boss Substituted off 66'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Sean O'Brien Substituted off 57'
BF 6 Donnacha Ryan
RL 5 Leo Cullen (c)
LL 4 Donncha O'Callaghan Substituted off 46'
TP 3 Tony Buckley
HK 2 Sean Cronin
LP 1 Cian Healy Substituted off 49'
Replacements:
HK 16 Rory Best
PR 17 Mike Ross Substituted in 49'
N8 18 Denis Leamy Substituted in 46'
FL 19 Shane Jennings Substituted in 57'
SH 20 Eoin Reddan Substituted in 66'
FH 21 Jonathan Sexton Substituted in 67'
WG 22 Geordan Murphy Substituted in 49'
Coach:
Ireland Declan Kidney
Russia
FB 15 Vasily Artemyev
RW 14 Denis Simplikevich
OC 13 Andrei Kuzin
IC 12 Sergey Trishin
LW 11 Vladimir Ostroushko Substituted off 71'
FH 10 Konstantin Rachkov Temporarily suspended from 8' to 18' 8' to 18'
SH 9 Alexander Yanyushkin (c) Substituted off 74'
N8 8 Victor Gresev
OF 7 Andrei Garbuzov Substituted off 45'
BF 6 Artem Fatakhov
RL 5 Adam Byrnes
LL 4 Denis Antonov Substituted off 49'
TP 3 Alexander Khrokin Substituted off 50'
HK 2 Valeri Tsnobiladze
LP 1 Sergey Popov Substituted off 74'
Replacements:
HK 16 Evgeny Matveev
PR 17 Ivan Prishchepenko Substituted in 50'
LK 18 Alexey Travkin Substituted in 74'
FL 19 Alexander Voytov Substituted in 49'
SH 20 Andrey Bykanov Substituted in 74'
WG 21 Mikhail Sidorov Substituted in 45'
FB 22 Mikhail Babaev Substituted in 71'
Coaches:
Russia Nikolay Nerush
Wales Kingsley Jones

Man of the Match:
Ronan O'Gara (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Dave Pearson (England)
Jérôme Garces (France)
Television match official:
Giulio De Santis (Italy)


2 October 2011
20:30
Ireland  36 – 6  Italy
Try: O'Driscoll 47' c
Earls (2) 52' c, 80+' c
Con: O'Gara (2/2)
Sexton (1/1)
Pen: O'Gara (4/5) 7', 18', 35', 44'
Sexton (1/1) 70'
Report Pen: Mi. Bergamasco (2/3) 11', 21'
Otago Stadium, Dunedin
Attendance: 28,027
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Ireland
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Tommy Bowe
OC 13 Brian O'Driscoll (c) Substituted off 74'
IC 12 Gordon D'Arcy
LW 11 Keith Earls
FH 10 Ronan O'Gara Substituted off 67'
SH 9 Conor Murray Substituted off 74'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Sean O'Brien
BF 6 Stephen Ferris Substituted off 73'
RL 5 Paul O'Connell
LL 4 Donncha O'Callaghan Substituted off 59'
TP 3 Mike Ross
HK 2 Rory Best Substituted off 53'
LP 1 Cian Healy Substituted off 73'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin Substituted in 53'
PR 17 Tom Court Substituted in 73'
LK 18 Donnacha Ryan Substituted in 59'
N8 19 Denis Leamy Substituted in 73'
SH 20 Eoin Reddan Substituted in 74'
FH 21 Jonathan Sexton Substituted in 67'
WG 22 Andrew Trimble Substituted in 74'
Coach:
Ireland Declan Kidney
Italy
FB 15 Andrea Masi
RW 14 Tommaso Benvenuti
OC 13 Gonzalo Canale
IC 12 Gonzalo Garcia
LW 11 Mirco Bergamasco
FH 10 Luciano Orquera Substituted off 41'
SH 9 Fabio Semenzato Substituted off 57'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c) Substituted off 77'
OF 7 Mauro Bergamasco Substituted off 49'
BF 6 Alessandro Zanni
RL 5 Cornelius Van Zyl Substituted off 61'
LL 4 Quintin Geldenhuys
TP 3 Martin Castrogiovanni Substituted off 37'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini Substituted off 67'
LP 1 Salvatore Perugini
Replacements:
HK 16 Fabio Ongaro Substituted in 67'
PR 17 Andrea Lo Cicero Substituted in 37'
LK 18 Marco Bortolami Substituted in 61'
FL 19 Paul Derbyshire Substituted in 49'
SH 20 Edoardo Gori Substituted in 57'
FH 21 Riccardo Bocchino Substituted in 41'
FB 22 Luke McLean Substituted in 77'
Coach:
South Africa Nick Mallett

Man of the Match:
Sean O'Brien (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
8 October 18:00 (05:00 UTC) – Wellington        
  Ireland  10
15 October 21:00 (08:00 UTC) – Auckland
  Wales  22  
  Wales  8
8 October 20:30 (07:30 UTC) – Auckland
    France  9  
  England  12
23 October 21:00 (08:00 UTC) – Auckland
  France  19  
  France  7
9 October 18:00 (05:00 UTC) – Wellington
    New Zealand  8
  South Africa  9
16 October 21:00 (08:00 UTC) – Auckland
  Australia  11  
  Australia  6 Third place
9 October 20:30 (07:30 UTC) – Auckland
    New Zealand  20  
  New Zealand  33   Wales  18
  Argentina  10     Australia  21
21 October 20:30 (07:30 UTC) – Auckland
8 October 2011
18:00 NZDT (UTC+13)
Ireland  10 – 22  Wales
Try: Earls 45' c
Con: O'Gara (1/1)
Pen: O'Gara (1/1) 24'
Report Try: Williams 3' c
Phillips 51' m
J. Davies 64' c
Con: Priestland (2/3)
Pen: Halfpenny (1/1) 29'
Priestland (0/2)
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 35,787
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Ireland
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Tommy Bowe
OC 13 Brian O'Driscoll (c)
IC 12 Gordon D'Arcy
LW 11 Keith Earls Substituted off 72'
FH 10 Ronan O'Gara Substituted off 56'
SH 9 Conor Murray Substituted off 56'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip Substituted off 75'
OF 7 Sean O'Brien
BF 6 Stephen Ferris Substituted off 75'
RL 5 Paul O'Connell
LL 4 Donncha O'Callaghan
TP 3 Mike Ross
HK 2 Rory Best
LP 1 Cian Healy
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin
PR 17 Tom Court
LK 18 Donnacha Ryan Substituted in 75'
N8 19 Denis Leamy Substituted in 75'
SH 20 Eoin Reddan Substituted in 56'
FH 21 Jonathan Sexton Substituted in 56'
WG 22 Andrew Trimble Substituted in 72'
Coach:
Ireland Declan Kidney
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Wales
FB 15 Leigh Halfpenny
RW 14 George North
OC 13 Jonathan Davies
IC 12 Jamie Roberts
LW 11 Shane Williams
FH 10 Rhys Priestland Substituted off 78'
SH 9 Mike Phillips
N8 8 Taulupe Faletau
OF 7 Sam Warburton (c)
BF 6 Dan Lydiate
RL 5 Alun Wyn Jones
LL 4 Luke Charteris Substituted off 41'
TP 3 Adam Jones
HK 2 Huw Bennett
LP 1 Gethin Jenkins
Replacements:
HK 16 Lloyd Burns
PR 17 Paul James
LK 18 Bradley Davies Substituted in 41'
N8 19 Ryan Jones
SH 20 Lloyd Williams
FH 21 James Hook Substituted in 78'
CE 22 Scott Williams
Coach:
New Zealand Warren Gatland

Man of the Match:
Mike Phillips (Wales)

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Romain Poite (France)
Television match official:
Giulio de Santis (Italy)

Hosting[edit]

Main article: Rugby World Cup hosts

The Rugby World Cup is held every four years, and tends to alternate between the northern and southern hemispheres. Every northern hemisphere tournament so far has been held in Europe, and in general Ireland usually hosts some games when it is held there.

1991: England/Wales/Scotland/Ireland/France[edit]

The 1991 Rugby World Cup final was played in England, while pool and finals games were played all over European nations. Pool A, which England was in, saw matches played mostly in London, though games were also taken to Leicester, Gloucester and Otley. Pool B games, which involved European nations, Scotland and Ireland, had all their games in either Dublin or Edinburgh with one game being played in Belfast. Pool C, which Wales was a part of, had all their games in Cardiff, with two taken to Pontypridd and one played in Llanelli. Pool D, which France were a part of, saw games played in Agen, Bayonne, Béziers and Grenoble. None of the quarter-finals or semi-finals were played in England. The final was played at the Rugby Football Union's Twickenham.

The following Irish stadiums were used:

City Stadium Capacity
Dublin Landsdowne Road 49,000
Belfast Ravenhill 12,300

1999: Wales[edit]

The 1999 World Cup was hosted by Wales, but an agreement was reached so that the other unions in the Five Nations Championship (England, France, Ireland and Scotland) also hosted matches.

The format of the pool games was similar to the 1991 World Cup in England. All Pool A games were held in Scotland, Pool B games in England, Pool C games in France and Pool D games were all held in Wales. Second round play-offs and the quarter-finals were held a variety of European venues, the semi-finals were held at Twickenham Stadium, London. The third place play-off and the final were held at the new Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Venues in Ireland included Lansdowne Road, the traditional home of the Irish Rugby Football Union, Ravenhill, the Northern Ireland IRFU owned venue and Thomond Park.

The following Irish stadiums were used:

City Stadium Capacity
Republic of Ireland Dublin Lansdowne Road 49,250
Republic of Ireland Limerick Thomond Park 13,500
United Kingdom Belfast Ravenhill Stadium 12,500

2007: France[edit]

The 2007 competition was held in France, with some games played in Wales and Scotland. There was a substantial increase in the overall capacity of stadiums compared to the 2003 Rugby World Cup, as the smallest venue at the 2007 tournament was 33,900. France won the right to host the event in 2003. Three matches were played at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, two Pool B games that featured Wales and as well as a quarter-final. Two Pool C matches were held at Edinburgh's Murrayfield. Ireland were also offered to host matches at Lansdowne Road in Dublin, but had to decline the offer as construction work was scheduled to begin on the stadium.[5] The semifinals and final were held at Stade de France, Saint-Denis.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ireland 32–17 Namibia". BBC Sport. 9 September 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  2. ^ "Ireland 14–10 Georgia". BBC Sport. 15 September 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  3. ^ "France 25–3 Ireland". BBC Sport. 21 September 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  4. ^ "Argentina 30–15 Ireland". BBC Sport. 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-23. 
  5. ^ "Scotland looks to give up World cup matches at Murrayfield". worldcupweb.com. Retrieved 7 May 2006.