RWC 1995 staged in South Africa

The 1995 World Cup saw the first occasion that South Africa took part, as hosts they did not have to qualify for the pools. This was the first occasion the contest had been staged in one country and again 8 countries were seeded and 8 qualified through a knockout competition.

South Africa claimed the trophy beating New Zealand by 15 points to 12 in a packed and tumultuous Ellis Park. The tournament was also noted for the emergence of Jonah Lomu who was an unknown appearing in his first ever World cup and went home with an amazing record of seven tries in five match's. Though surely his highlight would have been scoring 4 tries and bulldozing England off the park in their semi-final.
Nelson Mandela presents the trophy to the South African captain

Pool Stage Qualifiers

Pool A Australia Canada Romania South Africa
Pool B Argentina England Italy Western Samoa
Pool C Ireland Japan New Zealand Wales
Pool D France Ivory Coast Scotland Tonga

Scores from the pools:

Date Venue Sides Score
25 May 1995 Newlands Stadium South Africa v Australia 27-18
26 May 1995 Boet Erasmus Stadium Canada v Romania 34-3
26 May 1995 Olympia Park Scotland v Ivory Coast 89-0
26 May 1995 Loftus Versfeld France v Tonga 38-10
27 May 1995 Basil Kenyon Stadium Samoa v Italy 42-18
27 May 1995 Springbok Park Wales v Japan 57-10
27 May 1995 Kings Park England v Argentina 24-18
27 May 1995 Ellis Park New Zealand v Ireland 43-19
30 May 1995 Basil Kenyon Stadium Samoa v Argentina 32-26
30 May 1995 Newlands Stadium South Africa v Romania 21-8
30 May 1995 Olympia Park France v Ivory Coast 54-18
30 May 1995 Loftus Versfeld Scotland v Tonga 41-5
31 May 1995 Ellis Park New Zealand v Wales 34-9
31 May 1995 Boet Erasmus Stadium Australia v Canada 27-11
31 May 1995 Free State Stadium Ireland v Japan 50-28
31 May 1995 Kings Park England v Italy 27-20
3 June 1995 Danie Craven Stadium Australia v Romania 42-3
3 June 1995 Loftus Versfeld France v Scotland 22-19
3 June 1995 Boet Erasmus Stadium South Africa v Canada 20-0
3 June 1995 Olympia Park Tonga v Ivory Coast 29-11
4 June 1995 Ellis Park Ireland v Wales 24-23
4 June 1995 Basil Kenyon Stadium Italy v Argentina 31-25
4 June 1995 Free State Stadium New Zealand v Japan 145-17
4 June 1995 Kings Park England v Samoa 44-22

Quarter finals

10 June 1995 Kings Park France v Ireland 36-12
10 June 1995 Ellis Park South Africa v Samoa 42-14
11 June 1995 Newlands Stadium England v Australia 25-22
11 June 1995 Loftus Versfeld New Zealand v Scotland 48-30

Semi finals

17 June 1995 Kings Park South Africa v France 19-15
18 June 1995 Newlands Stadium New Zealand v England 45-29

3rd place play off

22 June 1995 Loftus Versfeld France v England 19-9

Final

24 June 1995 Ellis Park South Africa v New Zealand 15-12