Mandela plate was established as a perpetual trophy
between Australia and South Africa.
The largest paying attendance for an international
is 109,874 for New Zealand's 39-35 victory over
Australia at Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia on
15 July 2000.
English league title changed to Zurich Premiership
Italy open their Six Nations account with decisive
victory over Scotland in Rome. England are deprived
the Grand Slam by Scotland in surprise result at
Murrayfield on the final weekend of the season.
Tom Richard's trophy was made for the British Lions
tour to Australia in 2001 and will be contested
whenever Australia and the British Lions meet.
Celtic League rugby was 'born' on Friday 17 August
2001, with four matches in three countries in the
brand new tournament. Wales and Scotland had already
"joined forces" for the previous two seasons with
the expansion of the Welsh Premiership to include
Edinburgh and Glasgow and creating the
Welsh-Scottish League. This time those eleven teams
were joined by the four Irish Provinces and split
into two pools, playing each other once, with
clashes between teams in the Welsh-Scottish League
also counting towards the new competition.
Ospreys, Munster, Leinster, Dragons, Llanelli
Scarlets, Glasgow Rugby, Edinburgh Rugby, Ulster,
Cardiff Blues, Connacht & The Borders
The inaugural competition was dominated by the Irish
teams with all four sides reaching the last eight,
three progressing to the semi-finals, and the
thrilling final played in December at Lansdowne Road
contested between Leinster and Munster with the
Dublin boys running out 24-20 winners.
Second Women's rugby world cup
The fourth World Cup took place in Barcelona in May
2002. 16 Nations took part in the event and through
the global development of rugby, included such
countries as Japan and Samoa. England took on the
Italians and successfully defeated them 63 – 9.
However hosts Spain, were a difficult side to break
down and a narrow victory of 13 – 5 took them
through to the semi-final stages. Canada were
overrun with a commanding England side who coasted
to the final by 53 – 10. The Final saw England take
on the mighty New Zealand Black Ferns and also saw
one of the narrowest margins of victory in a World
New Zealand secured its second straight WRWC title
with a 19-9 victory over England in Spain.
Wales captain Michael Owen became his country's
1,000th international player when he made his Test
debut against South Africa.
Fifth Rugby World Cup - Australia.
10 October to 22 November 2003 Australia hosts the
international festival of rugby
The biggest international sporting event for 2003
where the world’s 20 best rugby teams contested 48
matches over 44 days in 10 cities across Australia.
England become the first Northern hemisphere country
to win the RWC when with the scores locked at 17-all
after 19 minutes of extra time Jonny Wilkinson
England's fly half kicked a drop goal to secure
England's Jason Leonard was the first player to play
in a winning team in a Final after first playing in
a losing team. (New Zealand's Sean Fitzpatrick has
done the reverse). Leonard was also the first person
to play in Finals separated by 12 years. Having
surpassed the magic 100 international caps mark
earlier in 2003, becoming the only forward to have
achieved this, he then passed Philippe Sella's 8
year old record on 16 November 2003 to become the
world's most capped player rather appropriately in
the RWC semi final against France.
The Wallabies' 17 points are the most ever scored by
a losing side in a Rugby World Cup Final.
Australia's record Rugby World Cup winning streak
ended after 12 matches.
Matt Giteau became the youngest Australian to play
in a Rugby World Cup Final when he came on as a
blood bin replacement. Aged 21 years and 24 days he
was 44 days younger than Jason Little who played in
the Final of Rugby World Cup 1991.
Colin Elsey, the photographer behind arguably one of
Rugby Union's most defining and famous images, that
of Fran Cotton as 'Mudman', died at the age of 64.
The picture of Lions and England prop Cotton during
a 1977 Lions game against the Junior All Blacks in
Wellington, when rains had turned the pitch into a
quagmire, is one of the most enduring images in
Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) announced the format of
Wales' regional rugby vision.
Each club within the Union's league structure has
been told which of the four regional sides they are
to feed, providing a pathway for developing stars to
reach the professional game.
September 2004 John O'Donoghue, Irish Minister for
Arts, Sport and Tourism, officially announced the
re-development of Lansdowne Road into a 50,000
capacity all-seater stadium, due to be completed in
Croke Park will be used by the Ireland rugby side
for internationals in the interim following
Ireland's last match at Landsdowne Road which was
the 61-17 win over the Pacific Islanders on 26
Women's Rugby World Cup. August 31st to 17th
September, Edmonton Canada.
Wales and Australia played out the first draw in
their history 29-29.
Wales 29 (16)
Tries: S Williams, M Williams.
Cons: J Hook 2.
Pens: S Jones, G Henson, J Hook 3.
Australia 29 (17)
Tries: C Shepherd 2, M Giteau, C Latham.
Cons: M Giteau 3.
Pens: M Giteau.
Last game played at Lansdowne Road, Dublin prior to
re-development of the facility, due to re-open in
History making in the 6 Nationschampionship:
In England's opening game of the 2007 Six Nations
Championship against Scotland on February 3, 2007.
Jonny Wilkinson scored 27 points (1T) (2C) (5P)
(1DG) (a record in the Calcutta Cup beating Rob
Andrew's 24 ) and was awarded Man of the Match. This
also placed him at top of the all-time scoring list
in only his 54th England appearance.
Wilkinson went into next game vs. Italy level on 406
championship points with former Wales star Neil
Jenkins. The England fly-half's third-minute penalty
against Italy at Twickenham established him as the
record points scorer in Five or RBS 6 Nations
Wilkinson is also moving closer towards Jenkins'
world record points total for Wales of 1,049 and
subject to form and fitness, Wilkinson could reach
that total later this year, possibly during
England's 2007 World Cup campaign.
Croke Park, Dublin the 82,000 seater hurling and
Gaelic football stadium, opens its gates to Rugby
and Soccer games for the first time. The first Rugby
games are the 6 Nations games vs. France and
February 24th, Italy acheived their first away win
against a 6 nations side by beating Scotland 37 to
17. They scored three times in the first 7 minutes
to no reply but even ignoring those 21 points,
outscored Scotland for the remainder of the game.
Scotland: (10) 17
Tries: Dewey, Paterson
Cons: Paterson 2
Italy: (24) 37
Tries: Bergamasco, Scanavacca, Robertson, Troncon
Cons: Scanavacca 4
Pens: Scanavacca 3
Scotland: Southwell (Edinburgh); Lamont
(Northampton), Di Rollo (Edinburgh), Dewey
(Edinburgh), Paterson (Edinburgh, captain); Godman
(Edinburgh), Cusiter (Border Reivers); Kerr (Border
Reivers), Hall (Edinburgh), Murray (Glasgow
Warriors), Hines (Perpignan), Murray (Edinburgh),
Taylor (Edinburgh), Callam (Edinburgh), Brown
Replacements: Ford (Border Reivers), Jacobsen
(Edinburgh), Hamilton (Leicester), Hogg (Edinburgh),
Lawson (Gloucester), Henderson (Glasgow Warriors),
Italy: De Marigny (Calvisano); Robertson (Viadana),
Canale (Clermont Auvergne), Mirco Bergamasco (Stade
Francais), Masi (Biarritz); Scanavacca (Calvisano),
Troncon (Clermont Auvergne); Lo Cicero (L'Aquila),
Festuccia (Gran Parma), Castrogiovanni (Leicester),
Dellape (Biarritz), Bortolami (Gloucester, capt),
Zanni (Calvisano), Mauro Bergamasco (Stade Francais),
Parisse (Stade Francais).
Replacements: Ongaro (Saracens), Perugini
(Toulouse), Nieto (Gloucester), Bernabo (Calvisano),
Zaffiri (Calvisano), Griffen (Calvisano), Pez
England conceeded over 40 points for the first time
in 6 nations history when they lost to Ireland:
Ireland: (23) 43
Tries: Dempsey, Wallace, Horgan, Boss
Cons: O'Gara 3, Wallace
Pens: O'Gara 5
England: (3) 13
Pens: Wilkinson 2
Ireland: Dempsey; Horgan, B O'Driscoll (capt),
D'Arcy, Hickie; O'Gara, Stringer; Horan, R Best,
Hayes, O'Callaghan, O'Connell, S Easterby, D
Replacements: Flannery, S Best, N Best, M O'Driscoll,
Boss, P Wallace, Trimble.
England: Morgan; Lewsey, Tindall, Farrell, Strettle;
Wilkinson, Ellis; Freshwater, Chuter, Vickery (capt),
Deacon, Grewcock, Worsley, Lund, Corry.
Replacements: Mears, White, Palmer, Rees, Perry,
France. Matches will be held between September 7 and
October 20, 2007 in France in the following cities:
Paris, St Denis, Marseilles, Lens, St Etienne,
Bordeaux, Lyon, Montpellier, Nantes, Toulouse,
except for three pool matches to be held in
Scotland, Ireland and Wales, and a quarter final
also in Wales.
Rugby is a proud member of the family of world
sports and of the IOC. Full International Olympic
Committee (IOC) status was confirmed in September,
1997 for a non-participating sport. Once again rugby
is not allowed to be a participating sport at the
2008 Olympics dewspite the fact that Rugby satisfies
in every respect the criteria set out in the Olympic
Charter for inclusion in the programme of the
Olympic Games. Specifically:
- The sport is played by men in over 100 countries
in 5 continents. It is played by women in some 52
countries in 5 continents.
- The IRB and its Member Unions apply the World
Anti-Doping Code and perform in and
- The IRB is experienced in organising qualifying
events for its World Cup and has the competence to
do so for the Olympic Games. As a team sport, rugby
would be able to conform to the requirement for the
number of teams not to exceed 12 teams for each
gender. (See footnote later.)
- The rugby programme could be accommodated within
one stadium. However, it would be preferable and
helpful to have a number of other grassed areas or
fields for team preparation and training.
- In addition, the rugby programme can comfortably
share a stadium with other events. Converting a
pitch from rugby to soccer, can be accomplished in
less than two hours.
- No special equipment is required for rugby. It is
a relatively inexpensive game to play.
Rugby made its Olympic debut in 1900 and the USA,
Gold Medal Winners in 1924, have been Olympic
Champions ever since. That's because rugby was
discontinued as an Olympic sport after 1924.