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The 2003 Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
was the fifth Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
and was won by England. Originally planned to be co-hosted by Australia
Australia
and New Zealand, all games were shifted to Australia
Australia
following a contractual dispute over ground signage rights between the New Zealand
New Zealand
Rugby Union and Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
Limited. The pre-event favourites were England, regarded by many at the time as the best team in the world after victories both home and away over New Zealand
New Zealand
and Australia, a 50-point hammering of South Africa
South Africa
at Twickenham, and the grand slam in the 2003 Six Nations Championship. New Zealand, France, South Africa and defending champions Australia
Australia
were also expected to make strong showings, with New Zealand
New Zealand
being second favourites after victory in the southern-hemisphere Tri-Nations championship. The tournament began with host nation Australia
Australia
defeating Argentina 24–8 at Telstra Stadium
Telstra Stadium
in Sydney. Australia
Australia
went on to defeat New Zealand 22–10 in the semifinal, to play England
England
in the final. Along with a try to Jason Robinson, Jonny Wilkinson
Jonny Wilkinson
kicked four penalties and then a drop-goal in extra time to win the game 20–17 for England, who became the first northern hemisphere team to win the Webb Ellis Cup and become world champions for the first time.

Contents

1 Qualifying 2 Host 3 Venues 4 Squads 5 Referees 6 Pools and format 7 Summary

7.1 Pool Stage 7.2 Knock-out stage 7.3 Final 7.4 Post-final

8 Pool stage

8.1 Pool A 8.2 Pool B 8.3 Pool C 8.4 Pool D

9 Knockout stage

9.1 Quarter-finals 9.2 Semi-finals 9.3 Third-place play-off 9.4 Final

10 Statistics

10.1 Team 10.2 Top point scorers 10.3 Top try scorers

11 Broadcasters 12 References 13 External links

Qualifying[edit] Main article: 2003 Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
qualifying The following 20 teams, shown by region, qualified for the 2003 Rugby World Cup. Of the 20 teams, eight of those places were automatically filled by the teams that reached the quarter-final stages in 1999, including hosts and world champions Australia
Australia
and did not have to play any qualification matches. A record 81 nations from five continents were involved in the qualification process designed to fill the remaining 12 spots, which began on 23 September 2000.

Africa Americas Europe Oceania/Asia

 Namibia (Africa)  South Africa

 Argentina  Canada (Americas 1)  United States (Repechage 1)  Uruguay (Americas 2)

 England  France   Ireland
Ireland
(Europe 1)   Italy
Italy
(Europe 2)  Romania (Europe 3)  Scotland  Georgia (Europe 4)  Wales

 Australia  Fiji (Oceania 1)  New Zealand  Samoa (Oceania 2)  Tonga (Repechage 2)  Japan (Asia)

Host[edit] See also: Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
hosts Australia
Australia
won the right to host the 2003 World Cup without the involvement of New Zealand
New Zealand
after a contractual dispute over ground signage rights between the New Zealand
New Zealand
Rugby Football Union
Rugby Football Union
and Rugby World Cup Limited.[1] Australia
Australia
and New Zealand
New Zealand
had been expected to co-host — with New Zealand
New Zealand
expected to host 23 of the 48 matches — but New Zealand's insistence on amending the provisions relating to stadium advertising was unacceptable to the IRB.[2] Venues[edit] The overall stadium capacity was 421,311 across 11 venues. This was a reduction from the 1999 Rugby World Cup
1999 Rugby World Cup
in Wales
Wales
(with games also held in England, France, Ireland, Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
and Scotland) which had a total capacity of 654,677 across 18 venues. The Adelaide Oval
Adelaide Oval
underwent a AU$20 million redevelopment for the 2003 Rugby World Cup, financed entirely by the South Australian Cricket Association, with two new grandstands built adjacent to the Victor Richardson Gates. Suncorp Stadium
Suncorp Stadium
in Brisbane
Brisbane
(formerly Lang Park) was a new A$280 million venue designed specifically for rugby league, rugby union and soccer, and was opened just prior to the start of the 2003 World Cup with a capacity of 52,500, some 12,000 more than the old Lang Park
Lang Park
could hold. The Central Coast Stadium
Central Coast Stadium
was also a newly built rectangular venue built for union, league and soccer. It was built on the site of the old Grahame Park ground and was opened in February 2000 at a cost of A$30 million. The Sydney Football Stadium
Sydney Football Stadium
was one of two venues in Sydney
Sydney
that were used for football during the 2000 Olympic Games. The other venue in Sydney
Sydney
was Stadium Australia, which was the centrepiece of the 2000 Olympic Games. By 2003 Stadium Australia
Australia
was known as Telstra Stadium. It was built as the main stadium of the 2000 Olympics at a cost of $690 million and with a capacity of 83,500 was the biggest stadium used in the 2003 World Cup (the stadium had an original capacity of 110,000 before undergoing a post-Olympics redevelopment from 2001-2003). The only stadium with a retractable roof used was the Docklands Stadium
Docklands Stadium
in Melbourne. Although the Docklands Stadium
Docklands Stadium
has Movable seating
Movable seating
which brings four sections of the lower bowl forward by 18 metres to create a more rectangular surround for the pitch, this was not used during the World Cup as it reduces the seating capacity of the stadium by approximately 3,500.

Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Perth

Stadium Australia Sydney
Sydney
Football Stadium Docklands Stadium Lang Park Subiaco Oval

Capacity: 83,500 Capacity: 42,500 Capacity: 56,347 Capacity: 52,500 Capacity: 42,922

Adelaide

Townsville

Brisbane

Adelaide

Launceston

Sydney

Canberra

Melbourne

Gosford

Wollongong

Perth

Adelaide
Adelaide
Oval

Capacity: 33,597

Townsville Canberra Gosford Launceston Wollongong

Willows Sports Complex Canberra
Canberra
Stadium Central Coast Stadium York Park Wollongong
Wollongong
Showground

Capacity: 26,500 Capacity: 25,011 Capacity: 20,059 Capacity: 19,891 Capacity: 18,484

Squads[edit] Main article: 2003 Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
squads Referees[edit]

Pablo Deluca Andrew Cole Stuart Dickinson Scott Young Peter Marshall Chris White Tony Spreadbury Joel Jutge

Alain Rolland David McHugh Paul Honiss Paddy O'Brien Steve Walsh Jonathan Kaplan André Watson Nigel Williams

Touch judges and television match officials

Joel Dume Donal Courtney Alan Lewis Giulio de Santis

Kelvin Deaker Iain Ramage Mark Lawrence Nigel Whitehouse

Source:[3] Pools and format[edit]

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D

 Australia  Ireland  Argentina  Namibia  Romania

 France  United States  Japan  Fiji  Scotland

 South Africa  England  Samoa  Georgia  Uruguay

 New Zealand  Wales  Italy  Canada  Tonga

Following the complex format used in the 1999 Rugby World Cup
1999 Rugby World Cup
a new simpler format was introduced and the twenty teams were divided into four pools of five nations, with the top two in each pool moving on to the knock-out quarter-final stage. With forty matches to be played in the pool stage on top of the knock-out matches would make the event the largest Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
tournament to be played to date. For the first time, a bonus point system was implemented in pool play. This system is identical to that long used in Southern Hemisphere tournaments, and was soon adopted in most European competitions (though not in the Six Nations until 2017):

4 points for a win 2 points for a draw 0 points for a loss (before possible bonus points) 1 bonus point for scoring 4 or more tries, or a loss by 7 points or fewer

A total of 48 matches (40 pool stage and eight knock-out) were played throughout the tournament over 42 days from 10 October to 22 November 2003. Summary[edit] Pool Stage[edit]

The opening game at Telstra Stadium
Telstra Stadium
between Australia
Australia
and Argentina

The ARU's main promotion for the event was "Show Your True Colours". The Australian media criticised the competition early in the tournament as the smaller nations were crushed by the rugby superpowers by 60 points or more. However, some of these smaller, third tier nations, such as Japan, acquitted themselves well in their opening matches. The South Pacific island countries of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa were reported as being handicapped as several of their key players who play abroad being warned by their clubs that their contracts would not be renewed if they played in the competition. In the event, the pool stage of the competition played out largely as expected, with some tension as to whether some of the "developing" nations would overtake some of the weaker major countries for the second quarter-final qualification place in each pool – in pool A, Argentina
Argentina
lost to Ireland
Ireland
by only one point, which would otherwise have carried them into the quarter-finals in Ireland's place; similarly in pool B Fiji lost to Scotland
Scotland
by only two points, while Italy
Italy
put up a good performance in pool D. In pool C, Samoa gave England
England
a fright with an adventurous approach that allowed them to take an early lead, however, England's superior fitness saw them through. This match was marked by controversy, as England
England
fielded 16 players at one point during the game, coinciding with a last-gasp try-saving tackle, which may have won the game for the Samoans.[4] The big clashes ran mainly to form. A disappointing South Africa limped through the pool, eventually capitulating to England
England
to relegate them to a difficult quarter final against New Zealand. Australia
Australia
however only beat Ireland
Ireland
by one point to top their pool, whilst Wales
Wales
pushed the All Blacks to the wire, after adopting an outgoing style of play with a fringe selection. France
France
beat Scotland to round out the quarter-finals. Knock-out stage[edit] The quarter-final stage produced the widely predicted set of semi-finalists, although England
England
again made heavy weather of defeating a resurgent Wales. England
England
were widely rated the world's best team, but they struggled, at least in the first half, against a Welsh side full of belief after their game against New Zealand: although England pulled away in the second half after the tactical substitution of Catt for Tindall, a late Welsh try gave the scoreline the respectability that their first-half performance had deserved. France
France
destroyed an Irish side who had gone into the match hopeful of a win, scoring 31 early points to put the game out of reach. In the other quarter-finals, a disappointing South Africa
South Africa
fell to New Zealand
New Zealand
and Australia
Australia
defeated the Scots. The first semi-final produced an upset, when Australia
Australia
defeated the fancied New Zealand
New Zealand
to become the first defending champions to reach the following championship final. Unfortunately, it was probably the last match for Australian star Ben Darwin, who injured his neck in a scrum. Although Darwin never played rugby again, the actions of Kees Meeuws – who immediately stopped exerting pressure when he heard the call "neck neck neck" – may well have saved his opponent's life and certainly prevented further injury. The match was decided by a Stirling Mortlock
Stirling Mortlock
interception try, after a loose pass from highly rated All Blacks fly-half Carlos Spencer. George Gregan
George Gregan
taunted his opponents in defeat with the comment, "Four more years boys, four more years".[5][6] The second semi-final saw France
France
face England. The boot of Jonny Wilkinson was the difference between the two sides, with England coming out victors in torrential rain: although France
France
scored the game's only try after an early English line-out error, they never seriously threatened the English line otherwise. And with handling being difficult in the wet and windy conditions, England's superior forward pressure and territorial control forced France
France
to concede a slew of penalties, of which Wilkinson kicked five, also adding three drop goals (two off his less-favoured right boot) - a remarkable display considering that the swirling winds made accurate kicking as difficult as the rain and mud made passing and running. Final[edit] Main article: 2003 Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
Final The final between Australia
Australia
and England
England
was played at Sydney's Telstra Stadium in front of a crowd of 82,957. Australia
Australia
opened the scoring after they decided to run a penalty instead of kicking for touch. Lote Tuqiri beat England's right wing, Jason Robinson, to a high cross-field kick and went over for the first try, but Elton Flatley was not able to add the conversion.

Celebrations in Trafalgar Square

The rest of the half was a tight affair, with England
England
edging in front from applying pressure and Jonny Wilkinson's boot put them up to a 9–5 lead after Australian indiscipline gave away several penalties, but were unable to capitalise on their territory. Towards the end of the first half, England
England
stretched their lead further. Lawrence Dallaglio made a break and popped the ball inside to Jonny Wilkinson, who drew the defence before putting Robinson away in the corner for a try. The conversion was missed, but England
England
went in at half time leading by 14–5. In the second half Australia
Australia
tightened their discipline, and solid play forced mistakes from England. The game swung from end to end, with both sides having try-scoring opportunities, but neither able to take them. Australia
Australia
managed to get points on the board and Elton Flatley scored two penalties to make the score 14–11 to England. In the 79th minute, Australia
Australia
were putting pressure on England
England
in their half, and Australia
Australia
were awarded a penalty right before full-time, with the potential to tie the scores. Flatley converted it to make the score 14–14 and take the game into an additional 20 minutes' extra time. England
England
opened the scoring in extra time with another Wilkinson penalty, but with two and a half minutes of extra time remaining Australia
Australia
were awarded another penalty, which Flatley kicked successfully. With 20 seconds left before sudden death, Wilkinson scored a drop goal to win the match and with it the world championship. Post-final[edit] Three days after the final, the World Cup winning England
England
team landed at Heathrow Airport
Heathrow Airport
in the early hours of the morning, emerging from their plane to a huge reception, despite the time.[7] On 8 December, a national day of celebration took place in the form of a massive victory parade in the streets of London.[8] Pool stage[edit]

Qualified for the quarter-finals

Pool A[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA BP Pts

 Australia 4 4 0 0 273 32 2 18

 Ireland 4 3 0 1 141 56 3 15

 Argentina 4 2 0 2 140 57 3 11

 Romania 4 1 0 3 65 192 1 5

 Namibia 4 0 0 4 28 310 0 0

10 October 2003

Australia  24–8  Argentina

Try: Sailor 20' Roff 74' Con: Flatley Pen: Flatley (4)

Try: Corleto 72' Pen: M. Contepomi

Telstra Stadium, Sydney Attendance: 81,350 Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)

11 October 2003

Ireland  45–17  Romania

Try: S. Horgan Wood Hickie (2) Costello Con: Humphreys (3) O'Gara Pen: Humphreys (4)

Try: Penalty try Maftei Con: Tofan Vioreanu Pen: Tofan

Central Coast Stadium, Gosford Attendance: 19,123 Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

14 October 2003

Argentina  67–14  Namibia

Try: Méndez, Bouza (2), J. Fernández Miranda, Penalty try (2), Gaitán (3), N. Fernández Miranda Con: Quesada (7) Pen: Quesada

Try: Grobler, Husselman Con: Wessels (2)

Central Coast Stadium, Gosford Attendance: 17,887 Referee: Nigel Whitehouse (Wales)

18 October 2003

Australia  90–8  Romania

Try: Flatley, Rogers (3), Burke (2), Larkham (2), Mortlock, Roff, Giteau, Tuqiri, Smith Con: Flatley (11) Pen: Flatley

Try: Toderasc Pen: Tofan

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Attendance: 48,778 Referee: Pablo De Luca (Argentina)

19 October 2003

Ireland  64–7  Namibia

Try: Quinlan (2), Dempsey, Hickie, Horan, Miller (2), G. Easterby, S. Horgan, Kelly Con: O'Gara (7)

Try: Powell Con: Wessels

Aussie Stadium, Sydney Attendance: 35,382 Referee: Andrew Cole (Australia)

22 October 2003

Argentina  50–3  Romania

Try: Gaitán, Hernández (2), M. Contepomi, N. Fernández Miranda, Bouza (2) Con: J. Fernández Miranda (4), Quesada (2) Pen: J. Fernández Miranda

Pen: Ionut Tofan

Aussie Stadium, Sydney Attendance: 33,673 Referee: Chris White (England)

25 October 2003

Australia  142–0  Namibia

Try: Latham (5), Lyons, Mortlock, Tuqiri (3), Penalty try, Rogers (2), Paul, Giteau (3), Grey, Turinui (2), Burke, Roe Con: Rogers (16)

Adelaide
Adelaide
Oval Attendance: 28,196 Referee: Joël Jutge (France)

This remains the biggest winning margin in Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
history.

26 October 2003

Argentina  15–16  Ireland

Pen: Quesada (3) Drop: Quesada, Corleto

Try: Quinlan Con: Humphreys Pen: Humphreys, O'Gara (2)

Adelaide
Adelaide
Oval Attendance: 30,203 Referee: André Watson (South Africa)

30 October 2003

Namibia  7–37  Romania

Try: Isaacs Con: Wessels

Try: Petrichei, Sirbu, Chiriac, Teodorescu, Sauan Con: Tofan (3) Pen: Tofan (2)

York Park, Launceston Attendance: 15,457 Referee: Peter Marshall (Australia)

1 November 2003

Australia  17–16  Ireland

Try: Smith Pen: Flatley (3) Drop: Gregan

Try: O'Driscoll Con: O'Gara Pen: O'Gara (2) Drop: O'Driscoll

Telstra Dome, Melbourne Attendance: 54,206 Referee: Paddy O'Brien (New Zealand)

Pool B[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA BP Pts

 France 4 4 0 0 204 70 4 20

 Scotland 4 3 0 1 102 97 2 14

 Fiji 4 2 0 2 98 114 2 10

 United States 4 1 0 3 86 125 2 6

 Japan 4 0 0 4 79 163 0 0

11 October 2003

France  61–18  Fiji

Try: Dominici (2) Harinordoquy Jauzion (3) Ibañez Con: Michalak (4) Pen: Michalak (6)

Try: Naevo Caucaunibuca Con: Little Pen: Little (2)

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Attendance: 46,795 Referee: Alain Rolland
Alain Rolland
(Ireland)

12 October 2003

Scotland  32–11  Japan

Try: Paterson (2) Grimes Taylor Danielli Con: Paterson Townsend Pen: Paterson

Try: Onozawa Pen: Hirose (2)

Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville Attendance: 19,170 Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)

15 October 2003

Fiji  19–18  United States

Tries: Naevo Con: Little Pen: Little (4)

Tries: van Zyl, Schubert Con: Hercus Pen: Hercus (2)

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Attendance: 30,990 Referee: Joël Jutge (France)

18 October 2003

France  51–29  Japan

Tries: Michalak, Rougerie (2), Pelous, Dominici, Crenca Con: Michalak (5), Merceron Pen: Michalak (3)

Tries: Konia, Ohata Con: Kurihara (2) Pen: Kurihara (5)

Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville Attendance: 21,309 Referee: Alan Lewis (Ireland)

20 October 2003

Scotland  39–15  United States

Tries: Danielli (2), Kerr, Townsend, Paterson Con: Paterson (4) Pen: Paterson (2)

Pen: Hercus (5)

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Attendance: 46,796 Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

23 October 2003

Fiji  41–13  Japan

Tries: Tuilevu (2), Ligairi (2), Vunibaka Con: Little (2) Pen: Little (4)

Tries: Miller Con: Miller Pen: Miller Drop: Miller

Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville Attendance: 17,269 Referee: Nigel Whitehouse (Wales)

Andy Miller's drop goal, at 52 metres, remains the longest in Rugby World Cup history.

25 October 2003

France  51–9  Scotland

Tries: Betsen, Harinordoquy, Michalak, Galthié, Brusque Con: Michalak (3), Merceron Pen: Michalak (4) Drop: Michalak, Brusque

Pen: Paterson (3)

Telstra Stadium, Sydney Attendance: 78,974 Referee: David McHugh (Ireland)

27 October 2003

Japan  26–39  United States

Tries: Kurihara, Ohata Con: Kurihara (2) Pen: Kurihara (4)

Tries: Hercus, Eloff, Schubert, van Zyl, Khasigian Con: Hercus (4) Pen: Hercus (2)

Central Coast Stadium, Gosford Attendance: 19,653 Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)

31 October 2003

France  41–14  United States

Tries: Liebenberg (3), Poux, Bru Con: Merceron (2) Pen: Merceron (3) Drop: Yachvili

Tries: Hercus, Schubert Con: Hercus (2)

WIN Stadium, Wollongong Attendance: 17,833 Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)

1 November 2003

Scotland  22–20  Fiji

Tries: Smith Con: Paterson Pen: Paterson (5)

Tries: Caucaunibuca (2) Con: Little (2) Pen: Little (2)

Aussie Stadium, Sydney Attendance: 37,137 Referee: Tony Spreadbury (England)

Pool C[edit]

South Africa
South Africa
vs Georgia, 24 October 2003

Team Pld W D L PF PA BP Pts

 England 4 4 0 0 255 47 3 19

 South Africa 4 3 0 1 184 60 3 15

 Samoa 4 2 0 2 138 117 2 10

 Uruguay 4 1 0 3 56 255 0 4

 Georgia 4 0 0 4 46 200 0 0

11 October 2003

South Africa  72–6  Uruguay

Tries: van der Westhuizen (3), van Niekerk, Botha (2), Delport, Fourie, Bands, Rossouw, Scholtz, Greef Con: Koen (5), Hougaard

Pen: Aguirre (2)

Subiaco Oval, Perth Attendance: 16,906 Referee: Paddy O'Brien (New Zealand)

12 October 2003

England  84–6  Georgia

Tries: Tindall, Dawson, Thompson, Back, Dallaglio, Greenwood (2), Regan, Cohen (2), Robinson, Luger Con: Wilkinson (5), Grayson (4) Pen: Wilkinson (2)

Pen: Urjukashvili, Jimsheladze

Subiaco Oval, Perth Attendance: 25,501 Referee: Pablo De Luca (Argentina)

15 October 2003

Samoa  60–13  Uruguay

Tries: Fa'asavalu (2), Lima (2), Tagicakibau, Fa'atau, Lemalu, Vili, Feaunati, Palepoi Con: Va'a (3), Vili (2)

Tries: Capó, Lemoine Pen: Aguirre

Subiaco Oval, Perth Attendance: 22,020 Referee: David McHugh (Ireland)

18 October 2003

South Africa  6–25  England

Pen: Koen (2)

Tries: Greenwood Con: Wilkinson Pen: Wilkinson (4) Drop: Wilkinson (2)

Subiaco Oval, Perth Attendance: 38,834 Referee: Peter Marshall (Australia)

19 October 2003

Georgia  9–46  Samoa

Pen: Jimsheladze (2) Drop: Jimsheladze

Tries: Tagicakibau, Vaa'a, Sititi, So'oialo, Feaunati, Lima Con: Va'a (5) Pen: Va'a (2)

Subiaco Oval, Perth Attendance: 21,507 Referee: Alain Rolland
Alain Rolland
(Ireland)

24 October 2003

South Africa  46–19  Georgia

Tries: Rossouw (2), Hougaard, van Niekerk, Fourie, Botha, Burger Con: Hougaard (4) Pen: Hougaard

Tries: Dadunashvili Con: Jimsheladze Pen: Jimsheladze (3), Kvirikashvili

Aussie Stadium, Sydney Attendance: 34,308 Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)

26 October 2003

England  35–22  Samoa

Tries: Back, Penalty try, Balshaw, Vickery Con: Wilkinson (3) Pen: Wilkinson (2) Drop: Wilkinson

Tries: Sititi Con: Va'a Pen: Va'a (5)

Telstra Dome, Melbourne Attendance: 50,647 Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

28 October 2003

Georgia  12–24  Uruguay

Pen: Urjukashvili, Kvirikashvili (3)

Tries: Cardoso, Lamelas, Brignoni Con: Aguirre (2), Menchaca Pen: Menchaca

Aussie Stadium, Sydney Attendance: 28,576 Referee: Kelvin Deaker (New Zealand)

1 November 2003

South Africa  60–10  Samoa

Tries: van Niekerk, Muller, Hougaard, Smith, Willemse, Fourie, van der Westhuyzen, de Kock Con: Hougaard (5), Koen (2) Pen: Hougaard Drop: Hougaard

Tries: Palepoi Con: Va'a Pen: Va'a

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Attendance: 48,496 Referee: Chris White (England)

2 November 2003

England  111–13  Uruguay

Tries: Moody, Lewsey (5), Balshaw (2), Catt (2), Gomarsall (2), Luger, Abbott, Robinson (2), Greenwood Con: Grayson (11), Catt (2)

Tries: Lemoine Con: Menchaca Pen: Menchaca (2)

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Attendance: 46,233 Referee: Nigel Whitehouse (Wales)

Pool D[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA BP Pts

 New Zealand 4 4 0 0 282 57 4 20

 Wales 4 3 0 1 132 98 2 14

 Italy 4 2 0 2 77 123 0 8

 Canada 4 1 0 3 54 135 1 5

 Tonga 4 0 0 4 46 178 1 1

11 October 2003

New Zealand  70–7  Italy

Tries: B. Thorn, R. Thorne, Howlett (2), Spencer (2), Rokocoko (2), Marshall, Carter, MacDonald Con: Carter (6) Pen: Spencer

Tries: Phillips Con: Peens

Telstra Dome, Melbourne Attendance: 41,715 Referee: Andrew Cole (Australia)

12 October 2003

Wales  41–10  Canada

Tries: Parker, Cooper, M. Jones, Charvis, Thomas Con: Harris (5) Pen: Harris (2)

Tries: Tkachuk Con: Pritchard Drop: Ross

Telstra Dome, Melbourne Attendance: 24,874 Referee: Chris White (England)

15 October 2003

Italy  36–12  Tonga

Tries: M. Dallan, D. Dallan (2) Con: Wakarua (3) Pen: Wakarua (5)

Tries: Payne, Tu'ifua Con: Tu'ipulotu

Canberra
Canberra
Stadium Attendance: 18,967 Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)

17 October 2003

New Zealand  68–6  Canada

Tries: Ralph (2), So'oialo (2), Muliaina (4), Meeuws, Nonu Con: Carter (9)

Pen: Barker (2)

Telstra Dome, Melbourne Attendance: 38,899 Referee: Tony Spreadbury (England)

19 October 2003

Wales  27–20  Tonga

Tries: Cooper, M. Williams Con: S. Jones Pen: S. Jones (4) Drop: M. Williams

Tries: Hola, Kivalu, Lavaka Con: Hola Pen: Hola

Canberra
Canberra
Stadium Attendance: 19,806 Referee: Paul Honiss (New Zealand)

21 October 2003

Italy  19–14  Canada

Tries: Parisse Con: Wakarua Pen: Wakarua (4)

Tries: Fyffe Pen: Barker (3)

Canberra
Canberra
Stadium Attendance: 20,515 Referee: Paddy O'Brien (New Zealand)

24 October 2003

New Zealand  91–7  Tonga

Tries: Braid, Carter, Flynn, Ralph (2), Spencer, Meeuws, Penalty try, Muliaina (2), MacDonald, Howlett (2) Con: MacDonald (12), Spencer

Tries: Hola Con: Tu'ipulotu

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Attendance: 47,588 Referee: Pablo De Luca (Argentina)

25 October 2003

Italy  15-27  Wales

Pen: Wakarua (5)

Tries: M. Jones, Parker, D. Jones Con: Harris (3) Pen: Harris (2)

Canberra
Canberra
Stadium Attendance: 22,641 Referee: Andrew Cole (Australia)

29 October 2003

Canada  24–7  Tonga

Tries: Fauth, Abrams Con: Pritchard Pen: Ross (4)

Tries: Kivalu Con: Hola

WIN Stadium, Wollongong Attendance: 15,630 Referee: Alain Rolland
Alain Rolland
(Ireland)

2 November 2003

New Zealand  53–37  Wales

Tries: Rokocoko (2), MacDonald, Williams, Howlett (2), Spencer, Mauger Con: MacDonald (5) Pen: MacDonald

Tries: Taylor, Parker, Charvis, S. Williams Con: S. Jones (4) Pen: S. Jones (3)

Telstra Stadium, Sydney Attendance: 80,012 Referee: André Watson (South Africa)

Knockout stage[edit]

Quarter-finals

Semi-finals

Final

                   

8 November – Melbourne    

   

  New Zealand  29

15 November – Sydney
Sydney
(Telstra)

  South Africa  9  

  New Zealand  10

8 November – Brisbane

    Australia  22  

  Australia  33

22 November – Sydney
Sydney
(Telstra)

  Scotland  16  

  Australia  17

9 November – Melbourne

    England  20

  France  43

16 November – Sydney
Sydney
(Telstra)

  Ireland  21  

  France  7 Third place

9 November – Brisbane

    England  24  

  England  28   New Zealand  40

  Wales  17     France  13

20 November – Sydney
Sydney
(Telstra)

Quarter-finals[edit]

8 November 2003

New Zealand  29–9  South Africa

Try: MacDonald 16' c Mealamu 59' m Rokocoko 72' m Con: MacDonald Pen: MacDonald (3) Drop: Mauger 45'

Pen: Hougaard (3)

Telstra Dome, Melbourne Attendance: 40,734 Referee: Tony Spreadbury (England)

8 November 2003

Australia  33–16  Scotland

Try: Mortlock 46' c Gregan 59' c Lyons 64' c Con: Flatley (3) Pen: Flatley (4)

Try: Russell 80' c Con: Paterson Pen: Paterson (2) Drop: Paterson 38'

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Attendance: 45,412 Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)

9 November 2003

France  43–21  Ireland

Try: Magne 3' c Dominici 29' c Harinordoquy 33' c Crenca 47' c Con: Michalak (4) Pen: Michalak (5)

Try: Maggs 52' c O'Driscoll (2) 65' c, 80+2' c Con: Humphreys (3)

Telstra Dome, Melbourne Attendance: 33,134 Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)

9 November 2003

England  28–17  Wales

Try: Greenwood 44' c Con: Wilkinson Pen: Wilkinson (6) Drop: Wilkinson 80+1'

Try: S. Jones 30' m Charvis 35' m M. Williams 71' c Con: Harris

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Attendance: 45,252 Referee: Alain Rolland
Alain Rolland
(Ireland)

Semi-finals[edit]

15 November 2003

New Zealand  10–22  Australia

Try: Thorne 35' c Con: MacDonald Pen: MacDonald

Try: Mortlock 9' c Con: Flatley Pen: Flatley (5)

Telstra Stadium, Sydney Attendance: 82,444 Referee: Chris White (England)

16 November 2003

France  7–24  England

Try: Betsen 10' c Con: Michalak

Pen: Wilkinson (5) Drop: Wilkinson (3) 9', 38', 58'

Telstra Stadium, Sydney Attendance: 82,346 Referee: Paddy O'Brien (New Zealand)

Third-place play-off[edit]

20 November 2003

New Zealand  40–13  France

Try: Jack 12' c Howlett 20' c Rokocoko 51' c Thorn 54' c Muliaina 58' c Holah 72' m Con: MacDonald Carter (4)

Try: Elhorga 42' c Con: Yachvili Pen: Yachvili Drop: Yachvili

Telstra Stadium, Sydney Attendance: 62,712 Referee: Chris White (England)

Final[edit] Main article: 2003 Rugby World Cup
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Final

22 November 2003

Australia  17–20 (a.e.t.)  England

Try: Tuqiri 6' m Pen: Flatley (4) Report Try: Robinson 38' m Pen: Wilkinson (4) Drop: Wilkinson 100'

Telstra Stadium, Sydney Attendance: 82,957 Referee: André Watson (South Africa)

Statistics[edit] Team[edit]

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The following table shows the team’s results in major statistical categories. No teams were shown a red card during the tournament.

Team statistics

Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points difference Tries Conversions Penalties Drop goals Yellow cards

 England 7 7 0 0 239 36 27 23 8 1

 Australia 7 6 0 1 267 43 32 21 1 1

 New Zealand 7 6 0 1 260 52 40 6 1 1

 France 7 5 0 2 112 29 22 22 4 5

 South Africa 5 3 0 2 104 27 17 7 1 1

 Ireland 5 3 0 2 63 20 16 9 1 1

 Wales 5 3 0 2 23 17 14 11 1 2

 Scotland 5 3 0 2 −12 12 8 13 1 1

 Argentina 4 2 0 2 83 18 13 6 2 1

 Fiji 4 2 0 2 −16 10 6 12 0 3

 Samoa 4 2 0 2 21 18 12 8 0 1

 Italy 4 2 0 2 −46 5 5 14 0 2

 United States 4 1 0 3 −39 9 7 9 0 1

 Canada 4 1 0 3 −81 4 2 9 1 1

 Romania 4 1 0 3 −127 8 5 5 0 1

 Uruguay 4 1 0 3 −199 6 4 6 0 0

 Japan 4 0 0 4 −84 6 5 12 1 0

 Tonga 4 0 0 4 −132 7 4 1 0 4

 Georgia 4 0 0 4 −154 1 1 12 1 2

 Namibia 4 0 0 4 −282 4 4 0 0 1

Top point scorers[edit]

Top ten point scorers

Player Team Position Played Tries Conv­ersions Penal­ties Drop goals Total points Yellow cards

Jonny Wilkinson  England Fly-half 6 0 10 23 8 113 0

Frédéric Michalak  France Fly-half 6 2 17 18 1 101 0

Elton Flatley  Australia Centre 6 1 16 21 0 100 0

Leon MacDonald  New Zealand Centre 7 4 20 5 0 75 0

Chris Paterson  Scotland Fly-half 5 3 7 13 1 71 0

Mat Rogers  Australia Full-back 7 5 16 0 0 57 1

Mike Hercus  United States Fly-half 4 2 7 9 0 51 0

Rima Wakarua  Italy Fly-half 3 0 4 14 0 50 0

Earl Va'a  Samoa Fly-half 4 1 10 8 0 49 0

Dan Carter  New Zealand Fly-half 5 2 19 0 0 48 0

Top try scorers[edit] Main article: Rugby World Cup
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2003 try scorers

Top ten try scorers

Player Team Position Played Tries Conv Penalties Drop goals Total points Yellow cards Red cards

Doug Howlett  New Zealand Wing 7 7 0 0 0 35 0 0

Mils Muliaina  New Zealand Full-back 7 7 0 0 0 35 0 0

Joe Rokocoko  New Zealand Wing 5 6 0 0 0 30 0 0

Will Greenwood  England Centre 6 5 0 0 0 25 0 0

Chris Latham  Australia Full-back 1 5 0 0 0 25 0 0

Josh Lewsey  England Full-back 5 5 0 0 0 25 0 0

Mat Rogers  Australia Full-back 7 5 16 0 0 57 1 0

Lote Tuqiri  Australia Wing 7 5 0 0 0 25 0 0

Pablo Bouza  Argentina Number 8 2 4 0 0 0 20 0 0

Christophe Dominici  France Wing 5 4 0 0 0 20 1 0

Caleb Ralph  New Zealand Wing 2 4 0 0 0 20 0 0

Broadcasters[edit] The event was broadcast by Seven Network
Seven Network
and Fox Sports in Australia and by ITV in the United Kingdom. References[edit]

^ " New Zealand
New Zealand
loses Cup status", BBC, 8 March 2002. ^ "NZ loses Rugby World Cup", BBC, 18 April 2002. ^ "The whistlers that contol the cup". www.nzherald.co.nz. 2 October 2003. Retrieved 11 February 2018.  ^ thefreelibrary.com ^ youtube.com ^ Devlin, Martin (10 May 2009). "Cup won't be empty for three more years". Sunday News. Retrieved 14 September 2011. [permanent dead link] ^ " England
England
rugby heroes arrive home". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 25 November 2003. Retrieved 7 June 2006.  ^ "Visa International Renews Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup
Partnership". corporate.visa.com. Archived from the original on 27 April 2006. Retrieved 25 April 2006. 

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