World Cup - 1991


The second edition of the Rugby World Cup was held in 1991, and was jointly hosted by England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and France.


Participants :
33 countries entered to play in the 1991 World Cup, so there was a qualification process to narrow it down to the 16 participants. The 8 teams that played in the 1987 Quarter Finals qualified automatically, and the other 25 nations competed in a qualification process for the remaining 8 places.

Automatic Qualifiers:
Australia
England
Fiji
France
Ireland
New Zealand
Scotland
Wales

Qualifiers:
Argentina
Canada
Italy
Japan
Romania
Western Samoa
United States
Zimbabwe

Western Samoa was the only new participant from the 1987 World Cup, in the place of Tonga.

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4
New Zealand Scotland Australia France
England Ireland Wales Fiji
Italy Japan Western Samoa Canada
United States Zimbabwe Arentina Romania

Matches : Pool Stages

Date Venue Stage Team 1 Score Team 2
3 October 1991 London Pool 1 England 12-18 New Zealand
4 October 1991 Llanelli Pool 3 Argentina 19-32 Australia
4 October 1991 Beziers Pool 4 France 30-3 Romania
5 October 1991 Otley Pool 1 Italy 30-9 United States
5 October 1991 Edinburgh Pool 2 Scotland 47-9 Japan
5 October 1991 Bayonne Pool 4 Canada 13-3 Fiji
6 October 1991 Dublin Pool 2 Ireland 55-11 Zimbabwe
6 October 1991 Cardiff Pool 3 Wales 13-16 Western Samoa
8 October 1991 Gloucester Pool 1 New Zealand 46-6 United States
8 October 1991 London Pool 1 England 36-6 Italy
8 October 1991 Grenoble Pool 4 France 33-9 Fiji
9 October 1991 Dublin Pool 2 Ireland 32-16 Japan
9 October 1991 Edinburgh Pool 2 Scotland 51-12 Zimbabwe
9 October 1991 Pontypool Pool 3 Australia 9-3 Western Samoa
9 October 1991 Cardiff Pool 3 Wales 16-7 Argentina
9 October 1991 Toulouse Pool 4 Canada 19-11 Romania
11 October 1991 London Pool 1 England 37-9 United States
12 October 1991 Edinburgh Pool 2 Scotland 24-15 Ireland
12 October 1991 Cardiff Pool 3 Wales 3-38 Australia
12 October 1991 Brive Pool 4 Fiji 15-17 Romania
13 October 1991 Leicester Pool 1 Italy 21-31 New Zealand
13 October 1991 Pontypridd Pool 3 Argentina 12-35 Western Samoa
13 October 1991 Agen Pool 4 France 19-13 Canada
14 October 1991 Belfast Pool 2 Japan 52-8 Zimbabwe

Pool 1 after the Pool Stages:

Team Played Won Drew Lost PF PA PD Points
New Zealand 3 3 0 0 95 39 56 6
England 3 2 0 1 85 33 52 4
Italy 3 1 0 2 57 76 -19 2
United States 3 0 0 3 24 113 -156 0

Pool 2 after the Pool Stages:

Team Played Won Drew Lost PF PA PD Points
Scotland 3 3 0 0 122 36 86 6
Ireland 3 2 0 1 102 51 51 4
Japan 3 1 0 2 77 87 -10 2
Zimbabwe 3 0 0 3 102 31 -127 0

Pool 3 after the Pool Stages:

Team Played Won Drew Lost PF PA PD Points
Australia 3 3 0 0 79 25 54 6
Western Samoa 3 2 0 1 54 34 20 4
Wales 3 1 0 2 32 61 -29 2
Argentina 3 0 0 3 38 83 -45 0

Pool 4 after the Pool Stages:

Team Played Won Drew Lost PF PA PD Points
France 3 3 0 0 82 25 57 6
Canada 3 2 0 1 45 33 12 4
Romania 3 1 0 2 31 64 -33 2
Fiji 3 0 0 3 27 63 -36 0

Matches : Knock-out Stages

Date Venue Stage Team 1 Score Team 2
19 October 1991 Paris QF France 10-19 England
19 October 1991 Edinburgh QF Scotland 28-6 Western Samoa
20 October 1991 Dublin QF Ireland 18-19 Australia
20 October 1991 Villeneuve d'Ascq QF Canada 13-29 New Zealand
26 October 1991 Edinburgh SF Scotland 6-9 England
27 October 1991 Dublin SF Australia 16-6 New Zealand
30 October 1991 Cardiff 3rd place playoff New Zealand 13-6 Scotland
31 October 1991 London Final Australia 12-6 England