1999 Rugby League Tri-Nations

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1999 (1999) Tri-Nations  ()
Number of teams 3
Winner  Australia (1st title)

Matches played 4
Attendance 70,295 (17,574 per match)
Tries scored 26 (6.5 per match)
Top scorer Australia Mat Rogers[1] (36)
Top try scorer New Zealand Nigel Vagana[1] (4)
2004

The 1999 Rugby League Tri-Nations series was contested by Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand in 1999. It was the first multi-national rugby league tournament to feature the sport's three world powers since the 1989-92 World Cup (the 1995 World Cup featured England and Wales separately). Co-hosts Australia and New Zealand played in the final, which was narrowly won by the Kangaroos. Great Britain didn't win a game of the tournament.

After the Lions narrowly defeated the Queensland Cup premiers, Burleigh Bears, a poor crowd attended their match against Australia at Suncorp Stadium. Fearing a similar attendance for the series final, the tournament organisers relocated the match to Ericsson Stadium.

With the Rugby League World Cup to be staged the following year, and tours of Great Britain by Australia in 2001 and 2003 and New Zealand in 2002, the Tri-nations was not held again until 2004.

Venues[edit]

The games were played at the following venues in Australia and New Zealand. The tournament final was played in Auckland.

Auckland Brisbane
Mount Smart Stadium Suncorp Stadium
Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 52,500
EricssonStadium00.jpg Suncorp Stadium.jpg

Results[edit]

Tournament matches[edit]

15 October
New Zealand  24 – 22  Australia
Tries:
Stephen Kearney
Jason Lowrie
Willie Talau
Nigel Vagana
Goals:
Henry Paul (4/4)
Tries:
Brad Fittler (2)
Matt Gidley
Russell Richardson
Mat Rogers
Goals:
Mat Rogers (3/4)
Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 22,540[1]
Referee: Russel Smith England
New Zealand
Australia
FB 1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Richie Barnett (c)
RW 2 Auckland colours.svg Nigel Vagana
RC 3 Canberra colours.svg Ruben Wiki
LC 4 Canterbury colours.svg Willie Talau
LW 5 Canberra colours.svg Lesley Vainikolo
FE 6 Bullscolours.svg Robbie Paul
HB 7 Auckland colours.svg Stacey Jones
PR 8 St. George colours.svg Craig Smith
HK 9 Bullscolours.svg Henry Paul
PR 10 Auckland colours.svg Joe Vagana
SR 11 Melbourne colours.svg Matt Rua
SR 12 Melbourne colours.svg Stephen Kearney
LK 13 Auckland colours.svg Logan Swann
Substitutions:
IC 14 Parramatta colours.svg David Kidwell
IC 15 Balmain colours.svg Jason Lowrie
IC 16 Parramatta colours.svg Nathan Cayless
IC 17 Melbourne colours.svg Richard Swain
Coach:
New Zealand Frank Endacott
FB 1 Melbourne colours.svg Robbie Ross
RW 2 Cronulla colours.svg Mat Rogers
RC 3 Newcastle colours.svg Matthew Gidley
LC 4 Cronulla colours.svg Russell Richardson
LW 5 Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor
FE 6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Brad Fittler (c)
HB 7 Melbourne colours.svg Brett Kimmorley
PR 8 Canterbury colours.svg Darren Britt
HK 9 Panthers colours.svg Craig Gower
PR 10 Melbourne colours.svg Rodney Howe
SR 11 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Bryan Fletcher
SR 12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Nik Kosef
LK 13 Parramatta colours.svg Jason Smith
Substitutions:
IC 14 Brisbane colours.svg Darren Lockyer
IC 15 Canterbury colours.svg Darren Smith
IC 16 Cronulla colours.svg Jason Stevens
IC 17 Parramatta colours.svg Michael Vella
Coach:
Australia Chris Anderson

22 October
Australia  42 – 6  Great Britain
Tries:
Darren Lockyer (2)
Brad Fittler
Matt Gidley
Brett Kimmorley
Wendell Sailor
Jason Smith
Goals:
Mat Rogers (6/6)
Ryan Girdler (1/2)
Tries:
Iestyn Harris





Goals:
Andy Farrell (1/1)
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 12,511[1]
Referee: David Pakieto New Zealand
Australia
Great Britain
FB 1 Brisbane colours.svg Darren Lockyer
RW 2 Cronulla colours.svg Mat Rogers
RC 3 St. George colours.svg Shaun Timmins
LC 4 Newcastle colours.svg Matthew Gidley
LW 5 Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor
FE 6 Newcastle colours.svg Matthew Johns
HB 7 Melbourne colours.svg Brett Kimmorley
PR 8 Canterbury colours.svg Darren Britt
HK 9 Panthers colours.svg Craig Gower
PR 10 Melbourne colours.svg Rodney Howe
SR 11 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Bryan Fletcher
SR 12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Nik Kosef
LK 13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Brad Fittler (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14 Panthers colours.svg Ryan Girdler
IC 15 Canterbury colours.svg Darren Smith
IC 16 Parramatta colours.svg Jason Smith
IC 17 Parramatta colours.svg Michael Vella
Coach:
Australia Chris Anderson
FB 1 Wigancolours.svg Kris Radlinski
RW 2 Wigancolours.svg Jason Robinson
RC 3 Wigancolours.svg Gary Connolly
LC 4 Rhinoscolours.svg Keith Senior
LW 5 Saintscolours.svg Anthony Sullivan
SO 6 Rhinoscolours.svg Iestyn Harris
SH 7 Rhinoscolours.svg Ryan Sheridan
PR 8 Sheffeagles colours.svg Dale Laughton
HK 9 Saintscolours.svg Keiron Cunningham
PR 10 Rhinoscolours.svg Barrie McDermott
SR 11 Wigancolours.svg Denis Betts
SR 12 Rhinoscolours.svg Adrian Morley
LF 13 Wigancolours.svg Andy Farrell (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14 Saintscolours.svg Sean Long
IC 15 Bullscolours.svg Paul Anderson
IC 16 Saintscolours.svg Paul Sculthorpe
IC 17 Rhinoscolours.svg Andy Hay
Coach:
England Andy Goodway

29 October
New Zealand  26 – 4  Great Britain
Tries:
Nigel Vagana (2)
Matt Rua
Joe Vagana
Goals:
Henry Paul (5/5)
Tries:
Sean Long


Goals:
Andy Farrell (0/1)
Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 14,040[1]
Referee: Tim Mander Australia
New Zealand
Great Britain
FB 1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Richie Barnett (c)
RW 2 Auckland colours.svg Nigel Vagana
RC 3 Canberra colours.svg Ruben Wiki
LC 4 Canterbury colours.svg Willie Talau
LW 5 Canberra colours.svg Lesley Vainikolo
FE 6 Bullscolours.svg Henry Paul
HB 7 Bullscolours.svg Robbie Paul
PR 8 Auckland colours.svg Joe Vagana
HK 9 Melbourne colours.svg Richard Swain
PR 10 St. George colours.svg Craig Smith
SR 11 Melbourne colours.svg Matt Rua
SR 12 Melbourne colours.svg Stephen Kearney
LK 13 Auckland colours.svg Logan Swann
Substitutions:
IC 14 Auckland colours.svg Gene Ngamu
IC 15 Balmain colours.svg Jason Lowrie
IC 16 Parramatta colours.svg Nathan Cayless
IC 17 Parramatta colours.svg David Kidwell
Coach:
New Zealand Frank Endacott
FB 1 Wigancolours.svg Kris Radlinski
RW 2 Wigancolours.svg Jason Robinson
RC 3 Wigancolours.svg Gary Connolly
LC 4 Rhinoscolours.svg Keith Senior
LW 5 Rhinoscolours.svg Francis Cummins
SO 6 Rhinoscolours.svg Iestyn Harris
SH 7 Rhinoscolours.svg Ryan Sheridan
PR 8 Sheffeagles colours.svg Dale Laughton
HK 9 Saintscolours.svg Keiron Cunningham
PR 10 Rhinoscolours.svg Barrie McDermott
SR 11 Rhinoscolours.svg Adrian Morley
SR 12 Saintscolours.svg Chris Joynt
LF 13 Wigancolours.svg Andy Farrell (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14 Saintscolours.svg Sean Long
IC 15 Wigancolours.svg Denis Betts
IC 16 Bullscolours.svg Mike Forshaw
IC 17 Rhinoscolours.svg Andy Hay
Coach:
England Andy Goodway

Tournament standings[edit]

Team Played Won Drew Lost For Against Difference Points
 New Zealand 2 2 0 0 50 26 +24 4
 Australia 2 1 0 1 64 30 +34 2
 Great Britain 2 0 0 2 10 68 −58 0

Final[edit]

5 November
New Zealand  20 – 22  Australia
Tries:
Robbie Paul
Nigel Vagana

Goals:
Henry Paul (6/7)
Tries:
Mat Rogers (2)
Matthew Johns
Wendell Sailor
Goals:
Mat Rogers (3/5)
Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 21,204[1]
Referee/s: Russell Smith England
New Zealand
Australia
FB 1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Richie Barnett (c)
RW 2 Auckland colours.svg Nigel Vagana
RC 3 Canberra colours.svg Ruben Wiki
LC 4 Canterbury colours.svg Willie Talau
LW 5 Canberra colours.svg Lesley Vainikolo
FE 6 Bullscolours.svg Henry Paul
HB 7 Bullscolours.svg Robbie Paul
PR 8 Auckland colours.svg Joe Vagana
HK 9 Melbourne colours.svg Richard Swain
PR 10 St. George colours.svg Craig Smith
SR 11 Melbourne colours.svg Matt Rua
SR 12 Melbourne colours.svg Stephen Kearney
LK 13 Auckland colours.svg Logan Swann
Substitutions:
IC 14 Auckland colours.svg Gene Ngamu
IC 15 Balmain colours.svg Jason Lowrie
IC 16 Parramatta colours.svg Nathan Cayless
IC 17 Parramatta colours.svg David Kidwell
Coach:
New Zealand Frank Endacott
FB 1 Brisbane colours.svg Darren Lockyer
RW 2 Cronulla colours.svg Mat Rogers
RC 3 Newcastle colours.svg Matthew Gidley
LC 4 Canterbury colours.svg Darren Smith
LW 5 Brisbane colours.svg Wendell Sailor
FE 6 Newcastle colours.svg Matthew Johns
HB 7 Melbourne colours.svg Brett Kimmorley
PR 18 Cronulla colours.svg Jason Stevens
HK 9 Panthers colours.svg Craig Gower
PR 10 Canterbury colours.svg Darren Britt
SR 11 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Bryan Fletcher
SR 12 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Nik Kosef
LK 13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Brad Fittler (c)
Substitutions:
IC 14 Parramatta colours.svg Jason Smith
IC 15 Panthers colours.svg Ryan Girdler
IC 16 Parramatta colours.svg Michael Vella
IC 17 St. George colours.svg Shaun Timmins
Coach:
Australia Chris Anderson

Non-series Test[edit]

During the series, New Zealand also played a Test against Tonga. This was the last test match to be held at Auckland's Carlaw Park.

27 October
New Zealand  74 – 0  Tonga
Tries:
Brian Jellick (4)
Nigel Vagana (3)
David Kidwell
Jason Lowrie
Henry Paul
Tony Puletua
Richard Swain
Lesley Vainikolo
Goals:
Henry Paul (11/13)
Tries:








Goals:
Carlaw Park, Auckland
Attendance: 4,528
Referee/s: Andy Cook New Zealand
New Zealand
Tonga
FB 1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Richie Barnett (c)
LW 2 North Queensland colours.svg Brian Jellick
RC 3 Parramatta colours.svg David Kidwell
LC 4 Canberra colours.svg Ruben Wiki
RW 5 Canberra colours.svg Lesley Vainikolo
FE 6 Bullscolours.svg Henry Paul
HB 7 Auckland colours.svg Stacey Jones
PR 8 Auckland colours.svg Joe Vagana
HK 9 Melbourne colours.svg Richard Swain
PR 10 Auckland colours.svg Terry Hermansson
SR 11 Panthers colours.svg Tony Puletua
SR 12 Melbourne colours.svg Stephen Kearney
LK 13 Auckland colours.svg Logan Swann
Substitutions:
IC 14 Canterbury colours.svg Willie Talau
IC 15 Parramatta colours.svg Nathan Cayless
IC 16 Balmain colours.svg Jason Lowrie
IC 17 Auckland colours.svg Nigel Vagana
Coach:
New Zealand Frank Endacott
FB 1 Tongamatemacolours.PNG Paul Koloi
LW 2 Tongamatemacolours.PNG Tevita Ole'o
RC 3 Bullscolours.svg Phil Howlett (c)
LC 4 Tongamatemacolours.PNG Greg Wolfgramm
RW 5 Tongamatemacolours.PNG Kotoni Seleti
FE 6 Bullscolours.svg Tevita Vaikona
HB 7 Tongamatemacolours.PNG Lani Filiai
PR 8 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Nelson Lomi
HK 9 Tongamatemacolours.PNG Esau Mann
PR 10 Widnes colours.svg Liuaki Hansen
SR 11 Tongamatemacolours.PNG Andrew Lomu
SR 12 Tongamatemacolours.PNG Alfons Masella
LK 13 Tongamatemacolours.PNG Sione Marima
Substitutions:
IC 14 Tongamatemacolours.PNG Fili Lolohea
IC 15 Tongamatemacolours.PNG Tu'ihaka Valu Afungia
IC 16 Tongamatemacolours.PNG Chief Lee
IC 17 Tongamatemacolours.PNG Viliami Soni
Coach:

Non-series Match[edit]

As a curtain raiser to the final, New Zealand Māori played Great Britain.[2]

1 November
 Māori 12 – 22  Great Britain
Tries:
Alex Chan
Darren Rameka

Goals:
Luke Goodwin (1)
Willie Rangi (1)
Tries:
Sean Long (2)
James Lowes
Anthony Sullivan
Goals:
Andy Farrell (3)
Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 21,204[1]
Referee/s: David Pakieto New Zealand
Māori
Great Britain
FB 1 Western Suburbs colours.svg Alex Chan
LW 2 Canterbury colours.svg Steve Matthews
RC 3 Auckland colours.svg Peter Lewis
LC 4 Waikatoleague.png Steve Berryman
RW 5 Western Suburbs colours.svg Jared Mills
FE 6 Western Suburbs colours.svg Luke Goodwin
HB 7 Canadacolours.png Willie Rangi
PR 8 Newcastle colours.svg Paul Rauhihi
HK 9 Waikatoleague.png Tukere Barlow (c)
PR 10 Canterbury colours.svg John Edmonds
SR 11 St. George colours.svg Robert Henare
SR 12 Western Suburbs colours.svg Darren Rameka
LK 13 Broncoscolours.png Andrew Wynyard
Substitutions:
IC 14 Canterbury colours.svg Gavin Bailey
IC 15 Faxcolours.svg Martin Moana
IC 16 Wcatscolours.svg Frank Watene
IC 17 Auckland colours.svg Wairangi Koopu
Coach:
New Zealand Cameron Bell
FB 1 Wigancolours.svg Kris Radlinski
RW 2 Wigancolours.svg Jason Robinson
RC 3 Rhinoscolours.svg Keith Senior
LC 4 Saintscolours.svg Anthony Sullivan
LW 5 Rhinoscolours.svg Francis Cummins
SO 6 Wigancolours.svg Andy Farrell (c)
SH 7 Saintscolours.svg Sean Long
PR 8 Bullscolours.svg Paul Anderson
HK 9 Saintscolours.svg Keiron Cunningham
PR 10 Sheffeagles colours.svg Dale Laughton
SR 11 Rhinoscolours.svg Adrian Morley
SR 12 Saintscolours.svg Paul Sculthorpe
LF 13 Saintscolours.svg Chris Joynt
Substitutions:
IC 14 Bullscolours.svg Stuart Fielden
IC 15 Rhinoscolours.svg Barrie McDermott
IC 16 Bullscolours.svg Mike Forshaw
IC 17 Rhinoscolours.svg Andy Hay
Coach:
England Andy Goodway

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Tri-Nations 1999". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  2. ^ Coffey and Wood The Kiwis: 100 Years of International Rugby League ISBN 1-86971-090-8