1999 Rugby World Cup Final
Millennium Stadium RWC2015.jpg
Event1999 Rugby World Cup
Date6 November 1999
VenueMillennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
RefereeAndré Watson (South Africa)[1]

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.[2]

Australia won the game by 35 points to 12, and with it, their second World Cup, having also won the 1991 tournament in England.[3]

Match summary

First half

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 two minutes. 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's kicking was important 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 goal kickers.

Second half

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. 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 Queen Elizabeth.

Match details

6 November 1999
15:00 WET/GMT (UTC+00)
Australia 35–12 France
Try: Finegan
Con: Burke (2)
Pen: Burke (7)
ReportPen: Lamaison (4)
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 72,500
Referee: André Watson (South Africa)
FB 15 Matt Burke
RW 14 Ben Tune
OC 13 Dan Herbert downward-facing red arrow 46'
IC 12 Tim Horan downward-facing red arrow 79'
LW 11 Joe Roff
FH 10 Stephen Larkham
SH 9 George Gregan downward-facing red arrow 79'
N8 8 Toutai Kefu
OF 7 David Wilson
BF 6 Matt Cockbain downward-facing red arrow 55'
RL 5 John Eales (c)
LL 4 David Giffin
TP 3 Andrew Blades
HK 2 Michael Foley downward-facing red arrow 76'
LP 1 Richard Harry
CE 16 Nathan Grey upward-facing green arrow 79'
CE 17 Jason Little upward-facing green arrow 46'
SH 18 Chris Whitaker upward-facing green arrow 79'
FL 19 Owen Finegan upward-facing green arrow 55'
LK 20 Mark Connors
PR 21 Dan Crowley
HK 22 Jeremy Paul upward-facing green arrow 76'
Australia Rod McQueen
FB 15 Xavier Garbajosa downward-facing red arrow 68'
RW 14 Philippe Bernat-Salles
OC 13 Richard Dourthe downward-facing red arrow 75'
IC 12 Émile Ntamack
LW 11 Christophe Dominici
FH 10 Christophe Lamaison
SH 9 Fabien Galthié downward-facing red arrow 78'
N8 8 Christophe Juillet downward-facing red arrow 41'
OF 7 Olivier Magne
BF 6 Marc Lievremont downward-facing red arrow 68'
RL 5 Fabien Pelous
LL 4 Abdelatif Benazzi
TP 3 Franck Tournaire
HK 2 Raphaël Ibañez (c) downward-facing red arrow 80'
LP 1 Cedric Soulette downward-facing red arrow 47'
FB 16 Ugo Mola upward-facing green arrow 68'
FH 17 Stephane Glas upward-facing green arrow 75'
SH 18 Stéphane Castaignède upward-facing green arrow 78'
FL 19 Arnaud Costes upward-facing green arrow 68'
LK 20 Olivier Brouzet upward-facing green arrow 41'
PR 21 Pieter de Villiers upward-facing green arrow 47'
HK 22 Marc Dal Maso upward-facing green arrow 80'
France Jean-Claude Skrela


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