Samiksha Jaiswal

Australia at the Rugby World Cup

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Australia at the Rugby World Cup

The Australian national rugby union team, known as the Wallabies, has played all eight Rugby World Cup tournaments. They are one of the three best performing teams, having won two tournaments, as has South Africa; only New Zealand has done better, winning three tournaments. Australia has hosted or co-hosted the tournament on two occasions – in 1987 and 2003.

Contents

By position

  • 1987 Fourth place
  • 1991 Champions (1st title)
  • 1995 Quarter-finals
  • 1999 Champions (2nd title)
  • 2003 Runners-up
  • 2007 Quarter-finals
  • 2011 Third place
  • 2015 Runners-up
  • 1987 New Zealand & Australia

    Group matches
    Quarter final
    Semi-final
    Third place play-off

    1991 UK, Ireland and France

    Group matches

    Quarter final

    Semi final
    Final

    1995 South Africa

    Group matches

    Quarter final

    1999 Wales

    Group matches
    Quarter final
    Semi-final
    Final

    2003 Australia

    Group matches
    Quarter final
    semi final
    Final

    2007 France

    Group Matches

    Pool B games -

    Quarter final

    2011 New Zealand

    Group Matches
    Quarter Finals
    Semifinal
    Third place play-off

    2015 England

    Group matches
    Quarter final
    Semi final
    Final

    1987

    Australia hosted the first 1987 Rugby World Cup, along with New Zealand. Games were hosted at the following stadiums -

    Most of the pool games were in New Zealand, but the semi-finals, and one of the quarter finals, were played in Australia.

    2003

    Australia won the right to host the World Cup in 2003 without the involvement of New Zealand after a contractual dispute over ground signage rights between the New Zealand Rugby Football Union and Rugby World Cup Limited. The overall stadium capacity was reduced from the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales.

    The Adelaide Oval underwent a A$20 million redevelopment for the 2003 Rugby World Cup, financed entirely by the South Australian Cricket Association, with two new grandstands built adjacent to the Victor Richardson Gates. The Suncorp Stadium was a new A$280 million venue designed specifically for rugby, and was opened just before the start of the 2003 World Cup. The Central Coast Stadium was also a newly built venue, and opened in February 2000 at a cost of A$30 million.

    Aussie Stadium was one of two venues in Sydney that were used for football during the 2000 Olympic Games. The other venue in Sydney was the Telstra Stadium which was the centrepiece of the 2000 Olympic Games. Formerly known as Stadium Australia, Telstra Stadium was built at a cost of over A$600 million and was the biggest stadium used in the 2003 World Cup. The only stadium with a retractable roof used was the Telstra Dome in Melbourne.

    Australia intended to bid for the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups, but withdrew from the bidding. The bids were awarded to England and Japan respectively.

    Team records

    Most points in a game

    142 vs  Namibia, 2003
    91 vs  Japan, 2007
    90 vs  Romania, 2003
    68 vs  Russia, 2011
    67 vs  United States, 2011
    66 vs  Namibia, 2015
    57 vs  Romania, 1999
    55 vs  United States, 1999
    55 vs  Fiji, 2007

    Individual records

    Most World Cup matches
  • 20 George Gregan (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007)
  • 15 John Eales (1991, 1995, 1999)
  • 15 Nathan Sharpe (2003, 2007, 2011)
  • 15 David Campese (1987, 1991, 1995)
  • 14 Jason Little (1991, 1995, 1999)
  • 14 Tim Horan (1991, 1995, 1999)
  • 14 Joe Roff (1995, 1999)
  • Most points overall
  • 195 Michael Lynagh (1987, 1991, 1995)
  • 125 Matt Burke (1995, 1999)
  • 100 Elton Flatley (2003)
  • 60 Matt Giteau (2003, 2007)
  • 57 Stirling Mortlock (1999, 2003, 2007)
  • 57 Mat Rogers (2003, 2007)
  • Most points in a game

    42 vs  Namibia - Mat Rogers 2003
    30 vs  Romania - Elton Flatley 2003
    27 vs  Fiji - Matt Giteau 2007
    25 vs  France - Matt Burke 1999
    25 vs  Namibia - Chris Latham 2003

    Most tries overall
  • 11 Chris Latham (1999, 2003, 2007)
  • 10 David Campese (1987, 1991, 1995)
  • 10 Drew Mitchell (2007, 2011)
  • 7 Matt Giteau (2003, 2007)
  • 7 Adam Ashley-Cooper (2007, 2011)
  • 7 Joe Roff (1995, 1999)
  • Most tries in a game

    5 vs  Namibia - Chris Latham 2003
    3 vs  Romania - Toutai Kefu 1999
    3 vs  Fiji - Drew Mitchell 2007
    3 vs  United States - Adam Ashley-Cooper 2011
    3 vs  Romania - Mat Rogers 2003
    3 vs  Namibia - Lote Tuqiri 2003
    3 vs  Namibia - Matt Giteau 2003
    3 vs  Japan - Rocky Elsom 2003

    Most penalty goals
  • 33 Michael Lynagh (1987, 1991, 1995)
  • 21 Elton Flatley (1999, 2003)
  • 19 Matt Burke (1995, 1999)
  • 7 James O'Connor (2011)
  • Most penalty goals in a game

    8 vs  South Africa - Matt Burke 1999
    7 vs  France - Matt Burke 1999
    5 vs  England - Michael Lynagh 1995
    5 vs  New Zealand - Elton Flatley 2003

    Most drop goals
  • 3 Berrick Barnes (2007, 2011)
  • 2 Michael Lynagh (1987,1991,1995)
  • 1 George Gregan (1995, 1999, 2003, 2007)
  • 1 Stephen Larkham (1999, 2003, 2007)
  • 1 Quade Cooper (2011)
  • Portrayal on screen

    Australia can be seen playing South Africa in the feature film Invictus based on the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

    References

    Australia at the Rugby World Cup Wikipedia


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