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History


Below is a list of previous World Cup winners. Click on the "read more" link for the full tournament wrap.

1987 Hosts: AUSTRALIA and NEW ZEALAND
Final: New Zealand beat France 29-9 in Auckland
People tend to forget, but they’ve done it before. And they did it in style. New Zealand bulldozed all-comers at home soil to win the first ever Rugby World Cup in 1987.

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1991 Hosts: BRITAIN and FRANCE
Final: Australia beat England 12-6 in London
The Rugby World Cup went north in 1991 and it was England that provided the southern giants with their strongest challenge.

It was a challenge that would last until the last five minutes of the tournament when a game-saving tackle by John Eales on Rob Andrew secured a 12-6 win for Australia.

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1995 Host: SOUTH AFRICA
Final: South Africa beat New Zealand 15-12 in Johannesburg
From numerous best-selling books to Clint Eastwood’s Hollywood blockbuster, the story of the 1995 Rugby World Cup is perhaps the sport’s most famous.

And despite many trying, it couldn’t have been scripted any better.

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1999 Hosts: BRITAIN and FRANCE
Final: Australia beat France 35-12 in Cardiff
It was the final that shouldn’t have been, and a match that not many will remember.

Australia beat a spent France 35-12 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff to win the 1999 World Cup and become rugby’s first-ever two-time World Champions.

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2003 Host: AUSTRALIA
Final: England beat Australia 20-17 in Sydney
England became the only Northern Hemisphere side ever to win the Rugby World Cup in 2003 when a last-minute Jonny Wilkinson drop goal finally saw them edge a titanic 100-minute long arm wrestle against Australia 20-17 at the Telstra Dome in Sydney.

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2007 Hosts: FRANCE and BRITAIN
Final: South Africa beat England 15-6 in Paris
Many may argue that it was handed to them on a silver platter, but when South Africa lifted the Webb Ellis Cup for a second time in Paris in 2007 the joy was undeniable.

There could also be no denying of the fact, however, that the tournament itself was all but decided almost two weeks earlier. On a day of great upsets, both New Zealand and Australia were unceremoniously dumped at the quarterfinal-stage by France and England respectively.

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