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The 1999 Rugby Union World Cup was the fourth Rugby World Cup and the first to be held in rugby union's professional era. The principal host nation was Walesmarker, although the majority of matches were played outside the country, shared between Englandmarker, Francemarker, Scotlandmarker and Irelandmarker. As the opening ceremony, first match and the Final would take place in Walesmarker, the Welsh team were awarded the automatic qualification berth afforded the hosts. Only four automatic qualification places were available for the 1999 tournament; the other three went to the top three teams from the previous World Cup in 1995; champions (South Africa), runners-up (New Zealand), and third-place play-off winners (France).

The tournament was expanded to 20 teams (from 16), divided into five groups 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. Qualification for the final 16 places took place between 63 other nations. 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, Wales, Italy, Argentina, Fiji, Romania, Canada, Namibia, Japan, Spain and the United States.

The tournament began with the opening ceremony in the newly-built Millennium Stadiummarker in Cardiffmarker, with Wales beating Argentina 23–18, with Colin Charvis scoring the first try of the tournament. Australia won the tournament, becoming the first nation to do so twice, with a 35–12 triumph over France, who were unable to repeat their semi-final victory over pre-tournament favourites New Zealand.

Venues

Venues
City Stadium Capacity
Parismarker Stade de Francemarker 80,000
Londonmarker Twickenham Stadiummarker 75,000
Cardiffmarker Millennium Stadiummarker 74,500
Edinburghmarker Murrayfield Stadiummarker 67,500
Glasgowmarker Hampden Parkmarker 52,500
Dublinmarker Lansdowne Roadmarker 49,250
Lensmarker Stade Félix Bollaertmarker 41,800
Bordeauxmarker Parc Lescure 38,327
Toulousemarker Stadium Municipalmarker 37,000
Huddersfieldmarker McAlpine Stadiummarker 24,500
Bristolmarker Ashton Gatemarker 21,500
Béziersmarker Stade de la Méditerranéemarker 18,000
Leicestermarker Welford Road Stadiummarker 16,500
Wrexhammarker Racecourse Groundmarker 15,500
Limerickmarker Thomond Parkmarker 13,500
Belfastmarker Ravenhill Stadiummarker 12,500
Llanellimarker Stradey Parkmarker 10,800
Galashielsmarker Netherdale 6,000


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 Parkmarker 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 (Englandmarker, Francemarker, Irelandmarker and Scotlandmarker) also hosted matches.

Venues in England included Twickenham and Welford Road, rugby union venues, as well as Ashton Gate in Bristol and the McAlpine (now Galpharm) 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 Galashielsmarker, in the Scottish Borders. Venues in Ireland included Lansdowne Road, the traditional home of the Irish Rugby Football Union, Ravenhill, the Northern Irelandmarker IRFU owned venue and Thomond Park. France used five venues, the most of any nation, including the French national stadium, Stade de France, which hosted the 1998 FIFA World Cup.


Qualifying

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.



  • Africa
    • (automatic qualifier; champions in 1995)


  • Americas
    • (qualified through repechage)


  • Oceania
    • (automatic qualifier; runners-up in 1995)
    • (qualified through repechage)




  • Asia


  • Europe
    • (automatic qualifier; third-place in 1995)
    • Ireland
    • (automatic qualifier; host nation)


Squads

Pool stage

Pool 1

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Pool 2

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Pool 3

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Pool 4

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Pool 5

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Knock-out stage

Quarter-final play-offs







Quarter-finals










Semi-finals




Third-place play-off

Final

Awards

References

  1. The International Rugby Board did not open up the sport to professionals until August 1995, after the previous World Cup had been completed.
  2. Without question this ranks as the greatest game in World Cup history


External links



Team
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Against
Points
3 0 0 132 35 6
2 0 1 120 58 4
1 0 2 42 97 2
0 0 3 18 122 0
Team
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Against
Points
3 0 0 176 28 6
2 0 1 184 47 4
1 0 2 48 171 2
0 0 3 35 196 0
Team
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Against
Points
3 0 0 108 52 6
2 0 1 124 68 4
1 0 2 114 82 2
0 0 3 28 186 0
Team
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Against
Points
2 0 1 118 71 4
2 0 1 97 72 4
2 0 1 83 51 4
0 0 3 36 140 0
Team
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Against
Points
3 0 0 135 31 6
2 0 1 100 45 4
1 0 2 50 126 2
0 0 3 52 135 0

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