Wales at the Rugby World Cup

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The Wales national rugby union team have played all seven Rugby World Cup tournaments. Their best finishes were third placing in 1987, when they beat Australia in the bronze final, and fourth placing in 2011.

The 1987 tournament was Wales' most successful; they won all three pool matches and their quarter-final, before losing to the All Blacks in the semi-finals. They then faced Australia in the third place play-off match, which they won 22–21.[1] In the next two tournaments in 1991 and 1995, Wales failed to progress beyond the pool stage, winning just one match in each tournament.[2] Both the 1999 and 2003 tournaments were more successful, with Wales qualifying for the quarter-finals both times. Wales hosted the event in 1999 and topped their pool only to lose to eventual winners Australia in the quarter-finals.[3] In 2003, they finished second in their pool to the All Blacks and faced England in the quarter-finals, where they lost to the eventual champions, despite scoring more tries than their opponents.[4] In the 2007 World Cup, Wales again failed to progress from the pool stage. After a loss to Australia, and two wins against Japan and Canada, they lost by four points to Fiji, despite scoring more tries than their opponents.[5]

By position[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L PF PA
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987 (16) Third place 3rd 6 5 0 1 126 104
United KingdomRepublic of IrelandFrance 1991 (16) Pool stage (11th) - 3 1 0 2 32 61
South Africa 1995 (16) Pool stage (9th) - 3 1 0 2 89 68
Wales 1999 (20) Quarterfinals (6th) - 4 2 0 2 127 95
Australia 2003 (20) Quarterfinals (5th) - 5 3 0 2 149 126
France 2007 (20) Pool stage (9th) - 4 2 0 2 168 105
New Zealand 2011 (20) Fourth place 4th 7 4 0 3 228 74
England 2015
Japan 2019
Total 32 18 0 14 919 633

*Italics means tournament is ongoing.

Team ranking[edit]

Pos. Team Champion Runner-up Third Fourth
1st  New Zealand 2 (1987, 2011) 1 (1995) 2 (1991, 2003) 1 (1999)
2nd  Australia 2 (1991, 1999) 1 (2003) 1 (2011) 1 (1987)
3rd  South Africa 2 (1995, 2007) - 1 (1999) -
4th  England 1 (2003) 2 (1991, 2007) - 1 (1995)
5th  France - 3 (1987, 1999, 2011) 1 (1995) 2 (2003, 2007)
6th  Wales - - 1 (1987) 1 (2011)
7th  Argentina - - 1 (2007) -
8th  Scotland - - - 1 (1991)

By matches[edit]

1987 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool 2 games -

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
25 May 1987
Ireland 6 – 13  Wales
Pen: Kiernan (2) Try: Ring
Pen: Thorburn
Drop: Davies (2)
Athletic Park, Wellington
Referee: Kerry Fitzgerald Australia

29 May 1987
Tonga  16 – 29  Wales
Tries: Fielea
Fifita
Con: Liava'a
Pen: Liava'a
Amone
Tries: Webbe (3)
Hadley
Con: Thorburn (2)
Pen: Thorburn (2)
Drop: Davies
Showgrounds Oval, Palmerston North
Referee: David Bishop New Zealand

3 June 1987
Canada  9 – 40  Wales
Pen: Rees (3) Tries: Evans (4)
Devereux
Bowen
Hadley
Phillips
Con: Thorburn (4)
Rugby Park, Invercargill
Referee: David Bishop New Zealand

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
6 June - Lancaster Park, Christchurch        
  New Zealand  30
14 June - Ballymore, Brisbane
  Scotland  3  
  New Zealand  49
8 June - Ballymore, Brisbane
    Wales  6  
  Wales  16
20 June - Eden Park, Auckland
  England  3  
  New Zealand  29
7 June - Eden Park, Auckland
    France  9
  France  31
13 June - Concord Oval, Sydney
  Fiji  16  
  France  30 Third place
7 June - Concord Oval, Sydney
    Australia  24  
  Australia  33   Wales  22
 Ireland  15     Australia  21
18 June - Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua

8 June 1987
England  3 – 16  Wales
Pen: Webb Tries: Roberts
Jones
Devereux
Con: Thorburn (2)
Ballymore, Brisbane
Referee: Rene Hourquet France

14 June 1987
New Zealand  49 – 6  Wales
Tries: Kirwan (2)
Shelford (2)
Drake
Whetton
Stanley
Brooke-Cowden
Con: Fox (7)
Pen: Fox
Try: Devereux
Con: Thorburn
Ballymore, Brisbane
Attendance: 22,576
Referee: Kerry Fitzgerald Australia

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 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool C games -

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

6 October 1991
Wales  13 – 16  Western Samoa
Tries: Emyr, Evans
Con: Ring
Pen: Ring
Tries: Vaega, Vaifale
Con: Vaea
Pen: Vaea (2)
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Referee: Patrick Robin France

9 October 1991
Wales  16 – 7  Argentina
Tries: Arnold
Pen: Ring (3), Rayer
Tries: Simon
Pen: Del Castillo
Cardiff Arms Park, Cardiff
Referee: Rene Hourquet France

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

1995 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool C games -

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
27 May 1995
Japan  10 – 57  Wales
Tries: Osamu Ota (2) Tries: Gareth Thomas (3), Ieuan Evans (2), Andrew Moore, Hemi Taylor
Con: Neil Jenkins (5)
Pen: Neil Jenkins (4)
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 12 000
Referee: Efrahim Sklar Argentina

31 May 1995
New Zealand  34 – 9  Wales
Tries: Marc Ellis, Walter Little, Josh Kronfeld
Con: Andrew Mehrtens (2)
Pen: Andrew Mehrtens (4)
Drop: Andrew Mehrtens
Pen: Neil Jenkins (2)
Drop: Neil Jenkins
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 38 000
Referee: Ed Morrison England

4 June 1995
Ireland 24 – 23  Wales
Tries: Eddie Halvey, Nick Popplewell, Denis McBride
Con: Eric Elwood (3)
Pen: Eric Elwood
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

1999 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool 4 games -

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 Wales 2 0 1 118 71 4
 Samoa 2 0 1 97 72 4
 Argentina 2 0 1 83 51 4
 Japan 0 0 3 36 140 0
1 October 1999
Wales  23 – 18  Argentina
Tries: Colin Charvis, Mark Taylor
Con: Neil Jenkins (2)
Pen: Neil Jenkins (3)
Pen: Gonzalo Quesada (6)


14 October 1999
Wales  31 – 38  Samoa
Tries: Gareth Thomas, Penalty try (2)
Con: Neil Jenkins (2)
Pen: Neil Jenkins (4)
Tries: Stephen Bachop (2), Filiga Falaniko, Patrick Lam, Silao Leaegailesolo
Con: Silao Leaegailesolo
Pen: Silao Leaegailesolo
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Ed Morrison England

Quarter finals -

23 October 1999
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

2003 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Group D games -

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against BP Points
 New Zealand 4 0 0 282 57 4 20
 Wales 3 0 1 132 98 2 14
 Italy 2 0 2 77 123 0 8
 Canada 1 0 3 54 135 1 5
 Tonga 0 0 4 46 178 1 1

12 October 2003
Wales  41 – 10  Canada
Tries: Parker, Cooper, M. Jones, Charvis, Thomas
Con: Harris (5)
Pen: Harris (2)
Tries: Tkachuk
Con: Pritchard
Drop: Ross
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Attendance: 24,874
Referee: Chris White England

19 October 2003
Wales  27 – 20  Tonga
Tries: Cooper, M. Williams
Con: S. Jones
Pen: S. Jones (4)
Drop: M. Williams
Tries: Hola, Kivalu, Lavaka
Con: Hola
Pen: Hola
Canberra Stadium
Attendance: 19,806
Referee: Paul Honiss New Zealand

25 October 2003
Italy  15 – 27  Wales
Pen: Wakarua (5) Tries: M. Jones, Parker, D. Jones
Con: Harris (3)
Pen: Harris (3)
Canberra Stadium
Attendance: 22,641
Referee: Andrew Cole Australia

2 November 2003
New Zealand  53 – 37  Wales
Tries: Rokocoko (2), MacDonald, Williams, Howlett (2), Spencer, Mauger
Con: MacDonald (5)
Pen: MacDonald
Tries: Taylor, Parker, Charvis, S. Williams
Con: S. Jones (4)
Pen: S. Jones (3)
Telstra Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 80,012
Referee: André Watson South Africa

Quarter finals -

9 November 2003
England  28 – 17  Wales
Try: Greenwood 44' c
Con: Wilkinson
Pen: Wilkinson (6)
Drop: Wilkinson 80+1'
Tries: S. Jones 30' m
Charvis 35' m
M. Williams 71' c
Con: Harris
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 45,252
Referee: Alain Rolland Republic of Ireland

2007 Rugby World Cup[edit]

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
  AUS CAN FJI JPN WAL
Australia 37 – 6 55 – 12 91 – 3 32 – 20
Canada 16 – 29 12 – 12 17 – 42
Fiji 35 – 31 38 – 34
Japan 18 – 72
Wales

2011 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool D games -

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against BP Points
 South Africa 4 0 0 282 57 4 20
 Wales 3 0 1 132 98 2 14
 Samoa 2 0 2 77 123 0 8
 Fiji 1 0 3 54 135 1 5
 Namibia 0 0 4 46 178 1 1
11 September 2011
South Africa  17 – 16  Wales
Tries: F. Steyn 3' ,
Hougaard 65'
Con: M. Steyn (2)
Pen: M. Steyn
(Report) Tries: Faletau 54'
Con: Hook
Pen: Hook (3)
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 24,874
Referee: Wayne Barnes England

18 September 2011
Wales  17 – 10  Samoa
Tries: Williams 67'
Con: S. Jones
Pen: Hook (2)
Priestland (2)
(Report) Tries: Perenise 42'
Con: Williams
Pen: Williams
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance: 19,806
Referee: Alain Rolland Republic of Ireland

26 September 2011
Wales  81 – 7  Namibia
Tries: S. Williams (3) 7', 46', 70'
Brew 14'
Faletau 17'
Jenkins 49'
North (2) 60', 66'
Davies 62'
L. Williams 75'
Byrne 77'
A. Jones 80+'
Con: S. Jones (6)
Priestland (3)
Pen: S. Jones
(Report) Tries: Koll 52'
Con: Kotzé
Stadium Taranaki, New Plymouth
Attendance: 80,012
Referee: Steve Walsh Australia

2 October 2011
Wales  66 – 0  Fiji
Tries: Roberts (2) 5', 50'
S. Williams 16'
North 32'
Warburton 39'
Burns 59'
Halfpenny 68'
Williams 72'
Davies 80+'
Con: Priestland (5)
S. Jones (4)
Pen: Priestland
(Report)
Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Attendance: 22,641
Referee: Wayne Barnes England

Quarter Final

8 October 2011
Ireland  10 – 22  Wales
Tries: S. Jones 30' m
Charvis 35' m
M. Williams 71' c
Con: Harris
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Attendance: 45,252
Referee: Craig Joubert South Africa

Semi Final

15 October 2011
Wales  8 – 9  France
Try: Phillips
Pen: Hook
Pen: Parra (3)
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 45,252
Referee: Alain Rolland Republic of Ireland

Bronze Medal Match

21 October 2011
Wales  18 – 21  Australia

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, Wales usually hosts some games when it is held there.

1991 Rugby World Cup[edit]

England was main host in 1991, but other countries hosted some matches. Pool C, which Wales was a part of, had all their games in Cardiff, with two taken to Pontypridd and one played in Llanelli.

The following Welsh stadiums were used (third place playoff locations emboldened):

City Stadium Capacity
Cardiff Cardiff Arms Park 53,000
Llanelli Stradey Park 10,800
Pontypool Pontypool Park 8,800
Pontypridd Sardis Road 7,200

1999 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Wales was main host in 1999. 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 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.

The 1999 World Cup was hosted by Wales with some matches spread across Scotland, England, Ireland and France. 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.

The following Welsh stadiums were used:

Venues
City Stadium Capacity
Wales Cardiff Millennium Stadium 74,500
Wales Wrexham Racecourse Ground 15,500
Wales Llanelli Stradey Park 10,800
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, where Wales play their home games

2007 Rugby World Cup[edit]

France was main host.

France won the right to host the 2007 World Cup in 2003, and it was subsequently announced that four matches would be held in Wales, at Cardiff's 74,500 seat Millennium Stadium (two Pool B games involving Wales,

City Country Stadium Capacity Further reading
Cardiff Wales Millennium Stadium 73,350 Overview

2015 Rugby World Cup[edit]

The 2015 Rugby World Cup will be the eighth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial rugby union world championship. The tournament will be hosted by England from 4 September to 17 October 2015. In addition, Cardiff's 74,500-seater Millennium Stadium in Wales may also be used.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1987 Rugby World Cup Results". worldcupweb.com. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  2. ^ "Pool B". Rugby News 38 (9). 2007. p. 38. 
  3. ^ "1999 Rugby World Cup Results". worldcupweb.com. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  4. ^ "2003 Rugby World Cup Results". worldcupweb.com. Retrieved 2008-06-15. 
  5. ^ "Thomas lifts lid on World Cup woe". iol.ie. 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  6. ^ [1], Doubt over Wales' 2015 Cup role