1999 Rugby World Cup Final

The 1999 Rugby World Cup Final was the final match in the 1999 Rugby World Cup. It was played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on 6 November 1999, between Australia and France with 72,500 in attendance.[1]

1999 Rugby World Cup Final
Millennium Stadium RWC2015.jpg
Event1999 Rugby World Cup
Date6 November 1999
VenueMillennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
RefereeAndré Watson

Australia won the game by 35 points to 12, and with it, their second World Cup, having also won the 1991 tournament in England.[2]

Match summaryEdit

First halfEdit

In front of a capacity crowd of 72,500 at the recently completed Millennium Stadium, Australia met France in the fourth Rugby World Cup Final. For both teams it was their second Final. Australia were resilient in defence throughout the tournament while France promised an attacking back line full of talent. In damp and cold conditions France took an early lead with a Christophe Lamaison penalty after just two minutes. Penalty kicking would be the story of the day and Matt Burke equalled the scores after four minutes with a successful kick. The Australian forwards dominated in the loose and their tactic of continually kicking for territory and position proved effective. Lamaison offered some respite by slotting a 12th-minute penalty to give France a 6–3 lead. Injury and the subsequent substitution of Olivier Magne disrupted the France back row line-up after 20 minutes. Matt Burke, however, showed imperious accuracy as time and again French exuberance in the loose was penalised. By half-time the Australians led 12–6 with all points from the two talented goal kickers.

Second halfEdit

As with the first half Burke and Lamaison traded penalty goals. After an hour the contest was still in the balance with the score at 18–12 to Australia. France continued to look lacklustre as the Wallabies began to mount a series of attacks.

A Burke penalty after 64 minutes put Australia more than one score in front, and theoretically clear. With only 15 minutes remaining Ben Tune crashed over for the first try of the contest with Burke again adding the conversion points. A further infringement and yet another Burke penalty seemed to have won the game for Australia. The last action of the final was a rolling forward surge and try for Australian second-half substitute Owen Finegan. Inevitably Matt Burke slotted the conversion. Referee André Watson called time on the contest with Australia emphatic winners 35–12.

Again the final was hardly a classic match, though the modern approach of effective defensive lines and an outstanding goal kicking display proved to be rewarded. Australia were rewarded for their efforts with a second World Cup win and captain John Eales accepted the Webb Ellis Cup from Elizabeth II.

Match detailsEdit

6 November 1999
15:00 WET/GMT (UTC+00)
Australia   35–12   France
Try: Finegan
Con: Burke (2)
Pen: Burke (7)
Report Pen: Lamaison (4)
FB 15 Matt Burke
RW 14 Ben Tune
OC 13 Dan Herbert   46'
IC 12 Tim Horan   79'
LW 11 Joe Roff
FH 10 Stephen Larkham
SH 9 George Gregan   79'
N8 8 Toutai Kefu
OF 7 David Wilson
BF 6 Matt Cockbain   55'
RL 5 John Eales (c)
LL 4 David Giffin
TP 3 Andrew Blades
HK 2 Michael Foley   76'
LP 1 Richard Harry
CE 16 Nathan Grey   79'
CE 17 Jason Little   46'
SH 18 Chris Whitaker   79'
FL 19 Owen Finegan   55'
LK 20 Mark Connors
PR 21 Dan Crowley
HK 22 Jeremy Paul   76'
  Rod McQueen
FB 15 Xavier Garbajosa   68'
RW 14 Philippe Bernat-Salles
OC 13 Richard Dourthe   75'
IC 12 Émile Ntamack
LW 11 Christophe Dominici
FH 10 Christophe Lamaison
SH 9 Fabien Galthié   78'
N8 8 Christophe Juillet   41'
OF 7 Olivier Magne
BF 6 Marc Lievremont   68'
RL 5 Fabien Pelous
LL 4 Abdelatif Benazzi
TP 3 Franck Tournaire
HK 2 Raphael Ibanez (c)   80'
LP 1 Cedric Soulette   47'
FB 16 Ugo Mola   68'
FH 17 Stephane Glas   75'
SH 18 Stéphane Castaignède   78'
FL 19 Arnaud Costes   68'
LK 20 Olivier Brouzet   41'
PR 21 Pieter de Villiers   47'
HK 22 Marc Dal Maso   80'
  Jean-Claude Skrela


  1. ^ "Rugby World Cup - Millennium Stadium, 6 November 1999, 15:00 GMT, 15:00 Local". ESPN. Retrieved 5 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Australia ease to World Cup glory". ESPN. Retrieved 5 April 2011.