1995 Rugby World Cup

The 3rd Rugby Union World Cup was held from May 25 to June 24, 1995 held in South Africa. World Champions were the Springboks, the South African national team. The trophy was presented by President Nelson Mandela.

  • 4.1 quarterfinals
  • 4.2 Semi-finals
  • 4.3 3rd place match
  • 4.4 final
  • 5.1 Teams
  • 5.2 Most points scored
  • 5.3 Most scored tests


The 1995 World Cup was the first in which all games were played in a single country. Originally 14 venues were provided, but then the cities Brakpan, Germiston, Pietermaritzburg, Potchefstroom and Witbank were deleted from the program of events, so the games were focused on nine stages in as many cities in January 1994.


16 teams had qualified for the World Cup 1995. Of these, the quarter-finalists World Cup 1991 hosts South Africa qualified automatically (each marked with *). To the remaining seven launch sites contributed 35 teams from qualification matches.

  • Africa Ivory Coast Ivory Coast
  • South Africa South Africa *
  • America Argentina Argentina
  • Canada Canada *
  • Oceania Australia Australia *
  • New Zealand New Zealand *
  • Tonga Tonga
  • 1949 West Samoa Western Samoa *
  • Asia Japan Japan
  • Europe England England *
  • France France *
  • Ireland Ireland *
  • Italy Italy
  • Romania Romania
  • Scotland Scotland *
  • Wales

Preliminary round

For a victory, there were three points, two points for a draw and a defeat a point. The top two teams in each group qualified for the quarter-finals.

Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Final round



3rd Place Match




Most points scored

Most scored tests


The Rugby Union World Cup in 1995 plays a central role in the appeared in the U.S. in 2009 film Invictus - unconquered. The based on the book Playing the Enemy by John Carlin film describes how the then president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, the World Cup took to the still recently divided by apartheid nation through its support of the white South African national team, the Springboks, on racial boundaries away to a. The director of the film led Clint Eastwood. The main roles are to see Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as team captain Francois Pienaar.