1999 Rugby World Cup

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1999 Rugby World Cup
Cwpan Rygbi'r Byd 1999
Tournament details
Host nationFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Dates1 October – 6 November (37 days)
No. of nations20 (65 qualifying)
Final positions
Champions   Gold medal blank.svg Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Runner-up  Silver medal blank.svg Flag of France.svg  France
Third place  Bronze medal blank.svg Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Tournament statistics
Matches played41
Attendance1,562,427 (38,108 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Argentina.svg Gonzalo Quesada (102)
Most tries Flag of New Zealand.svg Jonah Lomu (8)

The 1999 Rugby World Cup was the fourth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial international rugby union championship. It was principally hosted by Wales, and was won by Australia. This was the first Rugby World Cup to be held in the sport's professional era. [1]


Although the majority of matches were played outside Wales (shared between England, France, Scotland and Ireland) the opening ceremony, the first match and the final were held in Cardiff.

Four automatic qualification places were available for the 1999 tournament; Wales qualified automatically as hosts, and the other three places went to the top three teams from the previous World Cup in 1995: champions South Africa, runners-up New Zealand and third-placed France. Qualification for the final 16 places took place between 63 other nations.

The tournament was expanded to 20 teams (from 16), divided into five pools of four teams, a scenario that necessitated a quarter-final play-off round involving the five runners-up and best third-placed team to decide who would join the pool winners in the last eight. The 1999 tournament saw the introduction of a repechage, effectively a second chance for teams that had finished runners-up in each qualifying zone. Uruguay and Tonga were the first nations to profit from the repechage, and took their places alongside fellow qualifiers Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, Argentina, Fiji, Samoa, Romania, Canada, Namibia, Japan, Spain and the United States.

The tournament began with the opening ceremony in the newly built Millennium Stadium, with Wales beating Argentina 23–18, and Colin Charvis scoring the first try of the tournament. Australia won the tournament, becoming the first nation to do so twice and also to date the only team ever to win after having to qualify for the tournament, with a 35–12 triumph over France, who were unable to repeat their semi-final victory over pre-tournament favourites New Zealand. [2] [3]

The overall attendance for the tournament was 1.75 million. [4]


The following 20 teams, shown by region, qualified for the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Of the 20 teams, only four of those places were automatically allocated and did not have to play any qualification matches. These went to the champions, runners-up and the third-placed nations at the 1995 and the tournament host, Wales. A record 65 nations from five continents were therefore involved in the qualification process designed to fill the remaining 16 spots.



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 Lottery money and 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.

Venues in England included Twickenham and Welford Road, rugby union venues, as well as Ashton Gate in Bristol and the McAlpine Stadium in Huddersfield, which normally host football. Scottish venues included Murrayfield Stadium, the home of the Scottish Rugby Union; Hampden Park, the home of the Scottish Football Association; and the smallest venue in the 1999 tournament, Netherdale, in Galashiels, in the Scottish Borders. Venues in Ireland included Lansdowne Road, the traditional home of the Irish Rugby Football Union; Ravenhill; and Thomond Park. France used five venues, the most of any nation, including the French national stadium, Stade de France, which hosted the final of both the 1998 FIFA World Cup and the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Cardiff Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Wrexham Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Llanelli Flag of France.svg Saint-Denis
Millennium Stadium Racecourse Ground Stradey Park Stade de France
Capacity: 74,500Capacity: 15,500Capacity: 10,800Capacity: 80,000
Millennium Stadium RWC2015.jpg Eric Roberts Stand.jpg Stradey Park.jpg 07-01 France-Angleterre 02-03-2002.jpg
Flag of England.svg London Flag of Scotland.svg Edinburgh Flag of Scotland.svg Glasgow IRFU flag.svg Dublin
Twickenham Murrayfield Hampden Park Lansdowne Road
Capacity: 75,000Capacity: 67,500Capacity: 52,500Capacity: 49,250
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Flag of France.svg Lens Flag of France.svg Bordeaux Flag of France.svg Toulouse Flag of England.svg Huddersfield
Stade Félix Bollaert Parc Lescure Stadium de Toulouse McAlpine Stadium
Capacity: 41,800Capacity: 38,327Capacity: 37,000Capacity: 24,500
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Flag of England.svg Bristol Flag of France.svg Béziers Flag of England.svg Leicester IRFU flag.svg Limerick
Ashton Gate Stadium Stade de la Méditerranée Welford Road Stadium Thomond Park
Capacity: 21,500Capacity: 18,000Capacity: 16,500Capacity: 13,500
Ashtongatecharlton.JPG BeziersMassy2.jpg Building In Progress - geograph.org.uk - 1110575.jpg Thomond Park.jpg
IRFU flag.svg Belfast Flag of Scotland.svg Galashiels
Ravenhill Netherdale
Capacity: 12,500Capacity: 6,000
Ravenhillstadium.jpg Netherdale - geograph-302251.jpg

Pools and format

Pool APool BPool CPool DPool E

Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay

Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Flag of England.svg  England
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga

Flag of France.svg  France
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia

Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan

Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
IRFU flag.svg  Ireland
Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania

With the expansion of the Rugby World Cup from 16 to 20 teams an unusual and complex format was used with the teams split into five pools of four teams with each team playing each other in their pool once.

Points system

The points system that was used in the pool stage was unchanged from both 1991 and 1995:

The five pool winners qualified automatically to the quarter-finals. The five pool runners-up and the best third-placed side qualified for the quarter-final play-offs.

Knock-out stage

The five pool runners-up and the best third-placed team from the pool stage (which was Argentina) contested the quarter-final play-offs in three one-off matches that decided the remaining three places in the quarter-finals, with the losers being eliminated. The unusual format meant that two pool winners in the quarter-finals would have to play each other. From the quarter-final stage it became a simple knockout tournament. The semi-final losers played off for third place. The draw and format for the knock-out stage was set as follows.

Quarter-final play-offs draw

Quarter-finals draw

Semi-finals draw

A total of 41 matches (30 pool stage and 11 knock-out) were played throughout the tournament over 35 days from 1 October 1999 to 6 November 1999.



Pool stage

The tournament began on 1 October 1999 in the newly built Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with Wales beating Argentina in a hard-fought game 23–18 to get their campaign off to a positive start. The Pool stage of the tournament played out as was widely expected with the Tri Nations teams of New Zealand (who inflected a massive 101–3 win against Italy at the McAlpine Stadium in Huddersfield), South Africa and Australia all winning their pools easily without losing a single game. For the then Five Nations Championship teams who all played their pool matches in their own countries it was a case of mixed fortunes with France winning their pool without losing a game. Host Wales also won their pool, though they suffered 31–38 defeat at the hands of Samoa in front of a home crowd at the Millennium Stadium. However, as expected England, Ireland and Scotland all finished second in their pools and were forced to try to qualify for the quarter-finals via the play-offs alongside fellow runners-up Samoa and Fiji, and Argentina as the best third placed side from all five pools, having been the only third-placed side to win two matches (against Samoa and Japan). Indeed, Argentina had finished level with Wales and Samoa on 7 points each in the group stages, and could only be separated by "total points scored": playing and winning their final match against Japan, they had the chance to overtake either of Samoa or Wales, but were 14 points short of overtaking Samoa's total score and a further 18 points short of Wales.

Qualified for quarter-finals
Qualified for quarter-final play-offs

Pool A

Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 3300132359
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 3201120587
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 310242975
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 3003181223
2 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
Spain  Flag of Spain.svg15–27Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay
Pen: Kovalenco (5) 7', 40', 48', 50', 68'
Report Try: Ormaechea 23' c
Penalty try 64' c
Cardoso 77' m
Menchaca 80' m
Con: Aguirre
Pen: Aguirre 15'
Netherdale, Galashiels
Attendance: 3,761
Referee: Chris White (England)

3 October 1999
17:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg29–46Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Try: M. Leslie
Con: Logan (2)
Pen: Logan (4)
Drop: Townsend
Try: Le Roux
Van der Westhuizen
A. Venter
B. Venter
Con: De Beer (5)
Pen: De Beer (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 57,612
Referee: Colin Hawke (New Zealand)

8 October 1999
16:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg43–12Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay
Try: Russell
M. Leslie
Con: Logan (5)
Pen: Logan
Pen: Aguirre (3)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 9,463
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)

10 October 1999
17:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
South Africa  Flag of South Africa.svg47–3Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Try: Vos (2)
Penalty try
Con: De Beer (6)
Pen: Velazco Querol
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 4,769
Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)

15 October 1999
17:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
South Africa  Flag of South Africa.svg39–3Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay
Try: Van den Berg (2)
Van der Westhuizen
Con: De Beer (4)
Pen: De Beer (2)
Pen: Aguirre
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 3,500
Referee: Peter Marshall (Australia)

16 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg48–0Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
Try: Mather (2)
C. Murray
Penalty try
Con: Hodge (5)
Pen: Hodge
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 17,593
Referee: Clayton Thomas (Wales)

Pool B

Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 3300176289
Flag of England.svg  England 3201184477
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 3102471715
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 3003351963
2 October 1999
17:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
England  Flag of England.svg67–7Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Try: Wilkinson
De Glanville
Con: Wilkinson (6)
Pen: Wilkinson (5)
Try: Dominguez
Con: Dominguez
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 73,470
Referee: André Watson (South Africa)

3 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg45–9Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Try: Lomu (2)
Con: Mehrtens (4)
Pen: Mehrtens (4)
Pen: Taumalolo (3)
Ashton Gate, Bristol
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Derek Bevan (Wales)

9 October 1999
16:30 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
England  Flag of England.svg16–30Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Try: De Glanville
Con: Wilkinson
Pen: Wilkinson (3)
Try: Kelleher
Con: Mehrtens (3)
Pen: Mehrtens (3)
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Peter Marshall (Australia)

10 October 1999
19:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
Italy  Flag of Italy.svg25–28Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Try: Moscardi
Con: Dominguez
Pen: Dominguez (6)
Try: Taufahema
Con: Tuipulotu (2)
Pen: Tuipulotu (2)
Drop: Tuipulotu
Welford Road, Leicester
Attendance: 10,244
Referee: David McHugh (Ireland)

14 October 1999
13:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg101–3Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Try: Wilson (3)
Osborne (2)
Lomu (2)
Con: Brown (11)
Pen: Brown (3)
Pen: Dominguez
McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

15 October 1999
13:00 WEST/GMT+01 (UTC+01)
England  Flag of England.svg101–10Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga
Try: Guscott (2)
Greening (2)
Luger (2)
Healey (2)
Greenwood (2)
Con: Grayson (12)
Pen: Grayson (4)
Try: Tiueti
Con: Tuipulotu
Pen: Tuipulotu
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 72,485
Referee: Wayne Erickson (Australia)

Pool C

Flag of France.svg  France 3300108529
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 3201124687
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 3102114825
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 3003421863
1 October 1999
21:00 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg67–18Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia
Try: Lasagavibau (2)
S. Tawake
Con: Serevi (8)
Pen: Serevi (2)
Try: Jacobs
Con: Van Dyk
Pen: Van Dyk (2)

2 October 1999
14:00 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
France  Flag of France.svg33–20Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Try: Ntamack
Con: Dourthe (2)
Pen: Dourthe (3)
Try: Williams (2)
Con: Ross
Pen: Ross

8 October 1999
21:00 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
France  Flag of France.svg47–13Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia
Try: Mola (3)
Con: Dourthe (4)
Pen: Dourthe (3)
Try: Samuelson
Con: Van Dyk
Pen: Van Dyk (2)
Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Attendance: 34,030
Referee: Chris White (England)

9 October 1999
13:30 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
Fiji  Flag of Fiji.svg38–22Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Try: Satala (2)
Con: Little (3)
Pen: Little (3)
Drop: Little
Try: James
Con: Rees
Pen: Rees (4)
Drop: Rees
Parc Lescure, Bordeaux
Attendance: 27,000
Referee: Ed Morrison (England)

14 October 1999
20:30 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg72–11Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia
Try: Stanley (2)
Snow (2)
Nichols (2)
Con: Rees (9)
Pen: Rees (3)
Try: Hough
Pen: Van Dyk (2)
Stade de Toulouse
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Andrew Cole (Australia)

16 October 1999
14:00 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
France  Flag of France.svg28–19Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji
Try: Juillet
Penalty try
Con: Dourthe (2)
Pen: Dourthe (2)
Try: Uluinayau
Con: Little
Pen: Little (4)
Stade de Toulouse
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: Paddy O'Brien (New Zealand)

Pool D

Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 3201118717
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 320197727
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 320183517
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 3003361403
1 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg23–18Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina
Try: Charvis
Con: Jenkins (2)
Pen: Jenkins (3)
Pen: Quesada (6)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,500
Referee: Paddy O'Brien (New Zealand)

3 October 1999
13:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Samoa  Flag of Samoa.svg43–9Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Try: Lima (2)
So'oalo (2)
Con: Leaega (3)
Pen: Leaega (4)
Pen: Hirose (3)
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Andrew Cole (Australia)

9 October 1999
14:30 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg64–15Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Try: Taylor (2)
Penalty try
Con: Jenkins (8)
Pen: Jenkins
Try: Tuidraki
Con: Hirose
Pen: Hirose
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,500
Referee: Joël Dume (France)

10 October 1999
13:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg32–16Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
Try: Allub
Pen: Quesada (8)
Drop: Quesada
Try: Paramore
Con: Leaega
Pen: Leaega (3)
Stradey Park, Llanelli
Attendance: 11,000
Referee: Wayne Erickson (Australia)

14 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg31–38Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
Try: Thomas
Penalty try (2)
Con: Jenkins (2)
Pen: Jenkins (4)
Try: Bachop (2)
Con: Leaega (5)
Pen: Leaega
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,500
Referee: Ed Morrison (England)

16 October 1999
19:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg33–12Flag of Japan.svg  Japan
Try: Albanese
Con: Contepomi
Pen: Quesada (7)
Pen: Hirose (4)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 36,000
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)

Pool E

Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 3300135319
IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 3201100457
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 3102501265
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 3003521353
2 October 1999
19:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Ireland  IRFU flag.svg53–8Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Try: Bishop
Wood (4)
Penalty try
Con: Humphreys (4)
Elwood (2)
Pen: Humphreys (2)
Report Try: Dalzell
Pen: Dalzell
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Joël Dume (France)

3 October 1999
19:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg57–9Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Try: Kefu (3)
Roff (2)
Con: Burke (5)
Report Pen: Mitu (3)
Ravenhill, Belfast
Attendance: 12,500
Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)

9 October 1999
19:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
United States  Flag of the United States.svg25–27Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Try: Shuman
Con: Dalzell (2)
Pen: Dalzell (2)
Report Try: Petrache (2)
Solomie (2)
Con: Mitu (2)
Pen: Mitu
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 3,000
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

10 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Ireland  IRFU flag.svg3–23Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Pen: Humphreys
Report Try: Tune
Con: Burke (2)
Pen: Burke (2)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 49,250
Referee: Clayton Thomas (Wales)

14 October 1999
17:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg55–19Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Try: Staniforth (2)
Con: Burke (5)
Pen: Burke
Report Try: Grobler
Con: Dalzell
Pen: Dalzell (4)
Thomond Park, Limerick
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: André Watson (South Africa)

15 October 1999
19:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Ireland  IRFU flag.svg44–14Flag of Romania.svg  Romania
Try: O'Shea (2)
Con: Elwood (5)
Pen: Elwood (2)
Drop: O'Driscoll
Report Try: Sauan
Pen: Mitu (3)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 33,000
Referee: Brian Campsall (England)

Ranking of third-placed teams

Qualified for quarter-final play-offs
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 20183517
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 102114825
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 10242975
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 102501265
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 102471715

Play-off stage

The quarter-final play-offs were three one-off knock-out matches between the runners-up of each pool and the best third-placed side from all five pools to decide the remaining three places in the quarter-finals. The matches were played in mid-week between the completion of the pool stage and the start of the quarter-finals. The matches produced fairly easy wins for England, beating Fiji 45–24, and also for Scotland, beating Samoa 35–20. However, the final match produced the shock of the round where Argentina upset Ireland 28–24 in Lens.

Quarter-final play-offs

20 October 1999
13:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
England  Flag of England.svg45–24Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji
Try: Luger
Con: Dawson
Pen: Wilkinson (7)
Report Try: Satala
Con: Little (3)
Pen: Serevi
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: Clayton Thomas (Wales)

20 October 1999
15:30 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg35–20Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa
Try: C. Murray
M. Leslie
Penalty try
Con: Logan
Pen: Logan (5)
Drop: Townsend
Report Try: Lima
Con: Leaega (2)
Pen: Leaega (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: David McHugh (Ireland)

20 October 1999
20:30 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg28–24IRFU flag.svg  Ireland
Try: Albanese
Con: Quesada
Pen: Quesada (7)
Report Pen: Humphreys (7)
Drop: Humphreys
Stade Félix Bollaert, Lens
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)

Knockout stage

The winners from the quarter-final play-offs, who had played in mid-week, joined the pool winners, who had enjoyed a week long rest, in the quarter-finals. England, hosts Wales and Scotland were all knocked out, and France, who beat Argentina, were the only team left from the Northern Hemisphere.

The semi-finals, which were both played at Twickenham, produced two of the most dramatic matches of the tournament, with Australia beating South Africa 27–21 in extra-time after normal time ended with the scores locked at 18-18. The second semi-final between favourites New Zealand and underdogs France was an all-time classic, as France overturned a 24–10 half-time deficit to win 43–31 and reach their second World Cup final. France and Australia met at the Millennium Stadium on 6 November 1999, with Australia winning 35–12 to become the first team to win the Webb Ellis Cup twice. The cup was presented by Queen Elizabeth II to Australian captain John Eales. [2] [3]

The overall attendance for the tournament was 1.75 million. [5]

24 October – Stade de France, Paris
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 44
30 October – Twickenham, London
Flag of England.svg  England 21
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 21
23 October – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia (a.e.t.)27
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 24
6 November – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 9
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 35
24 October – Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Flag of France.svg  France 12
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 30
31 October – Twickenham, London
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 18
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 31
24 October – Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Flag of France.svg  France 43Third place
Flag of France.svg  France 47
4 November – Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 26
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 22
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 18


23 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg9–24Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Pen: Jenkins (3)
Report Try: Gregan (2)
Con: Burke (3)
Pen: Burke
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Colin Hawke (New Zealand)

24 October 1999
14:00 CEST/GMT+2 (UTC+02)
South Africa  Flag of South Africa.svg44–21Flag of England.svg  England
Try: Van der Westhuizen
P. Rossouw
Con: De Beer (2)
Pen: De Beer (5)
Drop: De Beer (5)
Report Pen: Grayson (6)
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Attendance: 75,000
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

24 October 1999
18:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg18–30Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Try: C. Murray
Con: Logan
Pen: Logan
Drop: Townsend
Report Try: Umaga (2)
Con: Mehrtens (2)
Pen: Mehrtens (2)
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 59,750
Referee: Ed Morrison (England)

24 October 1999
15:30 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg26–47Flag of France.svg  France
Try: Pichot
Con: Quesada (2)
Pen: Quesada (3)
Report Try: Garbajosa (2)
Bernat-Salles (2)
Con: Lamaison (5)
Pen: Lamaison (4)
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Derek Bevan (Wales)


30 October 1999
15:00 WEST/GMT+1 (UTC+01)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 27–21
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Pen: Burke (8)
Drop: Larkham
Report Pen: De Beer (6)
Drop: De Beer
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 72,000
Referee: Derek Bevan (Wales)

31 October 1999
15:00 WET/GMT (UTC+00)
Flag of France.svg  France 43–31Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Try: Lamaison
Con: Lamaison (4)
Pen: Lamaison (3)
Drop: Lamaison (2)
Report Try: Lomu (2)
Con: Mehrtens (2)
Pen: Mehrtens (4)
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 70,000
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

Third-place play-off

4 November 1999
20:00 WET/GMT (UTC+00)
New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg18–22Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa
Pen: Mehrtens (6)
Report Try: Paulse
Con: Honiball
Pen: Honiball (3)
Drop: Montgomery (2)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Peter Marshall (Australia)


6 November 1999
15:00 WET/GMT (UTC+00)
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg35–12Flag of France.svg  France
Try: Tune
Con: Burke (2)
Pen: Burke (7)
Report Pen: Lamaison (4)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,500
Referee: André Watson (South Africa)


The tournament's top point scorer was Argentina's Gonzalo Quesada, who scored 102 points. Jonah Lomu scored the most tries, eight in total, a rugby world cup record.

Top 10-point scorers
PlayerTeamPositionPlayedTriesConv­ersionsPenal­tiesDrop goalsTotal points
Gonzalo Quesada Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Fly-half 503311102
Matt Burke Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Full-back 6217190101
Jannie de Beer Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Fly-half 501715697
Andrew Mehrtens Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand First five-eighth 501119079
Jonny Wilkinson Flag of England.svg  England Fly-half 41816069
Christophe Lamaison Flag of France.svg  France Fly-half 61912265
Silao Leaega Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa Wing 421110062
Neil Jenkins Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Fly-half 401211057
Paul Grayson Flag of England.svg  England Fly-half 401210054
Kenny Logan Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Wing 40911051


British television rights holders ITV acted as the host broadcaster for the tournament, [6] with coverage shown in 209 countries, to an audience of 3.1 billion viewers. [7] In Australia, the event was broadcast by Seven Network.

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