1999 Rugby World Cup

The fourth Rugby Union World Cup was held from October 1 to November 6, 1999 It was hosted by Wales. There were 20 teams in 41 successive games. World champion Australia, which beat France in the final; It was the second world title for Australians by 1991.

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


The heart of the Welsh candidacy was the new, 126 -million-pound Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Only just nine of 41 games were played in the nominal host country. The Welsh Association agreed with the other associations so that games were held Five Nations in England, France, Ireland and Scotland.


Twenty teams had qualified for the World Cup 1999. Only four of these were automatically qualified, namely the three winners of the 1995 World Cup as well as the host Wales (each marked with *). To the remaining 16 places contributed 65 teams, more than ever before, qualifiers from.

  • Africa Namibia Namibia
  • South Africa South Africa *
  • America Argentina Argentina
  • Canada Canada
  • United States United States
  • Uruguay Uruguay
  • Oceania Australia Australia
  • Fiji Fiji
  • New Zealand New Zealand *
  • Samoa Samoa
  • Tonga Tonga
  • Asia Japan Japan
  • Europe England England
  • France France *
  • Ireland Ireland
  • Italy Italy
  • Romania Romania
  • Scotland Scotland
  • Spain
  • Wales *

Preliminary round

For a victory, there were two points, one point for a draw and no points for a loss. The group winners qualified directly for the quarter-finals. To the four other quarterfinal places the runner-up and best third group played in a repechage.

  • Direct qualification for the quarter-finals
  • Participation in the repechage

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Final round




3rd Place Match




Most points scored

Most scored tests