World Cup - 1995


The third edition of the Rugby World Cup was held in 1995, and was hosted by South Africa, the first time that a single country hosted the whole event.


Participants :
The 8 teams that played in the 1991 Quarter Finals qualified automatically, as well as the host nation, South Africa. There was a qualification process for the remaining 7 places.

Automatic Qualifiers:
Australia
Canada
England
France
Ireland
New Zealand
Scotland
South Africa
Western Samoa

Qualifiers:
Argentina
Italy
Ivory Coast
Japan
Romania
Tonga
Wales

South Africa, Ivory Coast and Tonga were new participants from the 1991 World Cup, in the place of United States, Zimbabwe and Fiji.

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4
South Africa England New Zealand France
Australia Western Samoa Ireland Scotland
Romania Italy Wales Tonga
Canada Argentina Japan Ivory Coast

Matches : Pool Stages

Date Venue Stage Team 1 Score Team 2
25 May 1995 Cape Town Pool 1 South Africa 27-18 Australia
26 May 1995 Port Elizabeth Pool 1 Canada 34-3 Romania
26 May 1995 Rustenburg Pool 4 Ivory Coast 0-89 Scotland
26 May 1995 Pretoria Pool 4 France 38-10 Tonga
27 May 1995 East London Pool 2 Italy 34-3 Western Samoa
27 May 1995 Durban Pool 2 Argentina 18-24 England
27 May 1995 Bloemfontein Pool 3 Japan 10-57 Wales
27 May 1995 Johannesburg Pool 3 Ireland 19-43 New Zealand
29 May 1995 Rustenburg Pool 4 France 54-18 Ivory Coast
29 May 1995 Pretoria Pool 4 Scotland 41-5 Tonga
30 May 1995 Cape Town Pool 1 South Africa 21-8 Romania
30 May 1995 East London Pool 2 Western Samoa 32-26 Argentina
31 May 1995 Port Elizabeth Pool 1 Australia 27-11 Canada
31 May 1995 Durban Pool 2 England 27-20 Italy
31 May 1995 Bloemfontein Pool 3 Ireland 50-28 Japan
31 May 1995 Johannesburg Pool 3 New Zealand 34-9 Wales
3 June 1995 Stellenbosch Pool 1 Australia 42-3 Romania
3 June 1995 Port Elizabeth Pool 1 South Africa 20-0 Canada
3 June 1995 Rustenburg Pool 4 Ivory Coast 11-29 Tonga
3 June 1995 Pretoria Pool 4 France 22-19 Scotland
4 June 1995 Durban Pool 2 Argentina 25-31 Italy
4 June 1995 Durban Pool 2 England 44-22 Western Samoa
4 June 1995 Bloemfontein Pool 3 Japan 17-145 New Zealand
4 June 1995 Johannesburg Pool 3 Ireland 24-23 Wales

Pool 1 after the Pool Stages:

Team Played Won Drew Lost PF PA PD Points
South Africa 3 3 0 0 68 26 42 9
Australia 3 2 0 1 87 41 46 7
Canada 3 1 0 2 45 50 -5 5
Romania 3 0 0 3 14 97 -83 3

Pool 2 after the Pool Stages:

Team Played Won Drew Lost PF PA PD Points
England 3 3 0 0 95 60 35 9
Western Samoa 3 2 0 1 96 88 8 7
Italy 3 1 0 2 69 94 -25 5
Argentina 3 0 0 3 69 87 -18 3

Pool 3 after the Pool Stages:

Team Played Won Drew Lost PF PA PD Points
New Zealand 3 3 0 0 222 45 177 9
Ireland 3 2 0 1 93 94 -1 7
Wales 3 1 0 2 89 68 21 5
Japan 3 0 0 3 55 252 -197 3

Pool 4 after the Pool Stages:

Team Played Won Drew Lost PF PA PD Points
France 3 3 0 0 114 47 67 9
Scotland 3 2 0 1 149 27 122 7
Tonga 3 1 0 2 44 90 -46 5
Ivory Coast 3 0 0 3 29 172 -143 3

Matches : Knock-out Stages

Date Venue Stage Team 1 Score Team 2
10 June 1995 Durban QF France 36-12 Ireland
10 June 1995 Johannesburg QF South Africa 42-14 Western Samoa
11 June 1995 Cape Town QF England 25-22 Australia
11 June 1995 Pretoria QF New Zealand 48-30 Scotland
17 June 1995 Durban SF South Africa 19-15 France
18 June 1995 Cape Town SF England 29-45 New Zealand
18 June 1995 Pretoria 3rd place playoff France 19-9 England
18 June 1995 Johannesburg Final South Africa 15-12 (After Extra Time) New Zealand