1995 Rugby League World Cup

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The eleventh Rugby League World Cup was badged the Centenary World Cup, reflecting the fact that 1995 marked the 100th birthday of the sport. The competition was envisaged as a celebration of rugby league, and the size of the competition was doubled with 5 additional teams qualifying for the tournament. In addition, an Emerging Nations Tournament was held alongside the main event, giving teams that had failed to qualify a chance of silverware.

The tournament had been preceded by doubts and pessimism; many feared that it would produce one-sided-matches that would be unattractive to supporters. The forthcoming Super League war hung over the tournament, with the Australian Rugby League refusing to pick players who had signed for the rival competition.

In the event, the fears proved unfounded, and the cup was acclaimed a great success. Although many early matches did prove as one-sided as feared, fans still flocked to see "exotic" nations such as Fiji, Tonga and South Africa, mainly for the novelty value of such encounters. Large home crowds for the group involving Wales proved particularly encouraging

The final between Australia and England drew a crowd of 66,540 to Wembley Stadium.

Contents

Group 1

Results

Final Standings

TeamPlayedWonDrewLost ForAgainstDifferencePoints
England330011216966
Australia3201168261424
Fiji 310252118-662
South Africa300312186-1740

Group 2

Results

Final Standings

TeamPlayedWonDrewLost ForAgainstDifferencePoints
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New Zealand
22004730174
Tonga20115253-11
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Papua New Guinea
20113450-161

Group 3

Results

Final standings

TeamPlayedWonDrewLost ForAgainstDifferencePoints
Wales22005016344
Western Samoa 21016632342
France20021684-680

Semi-Finals

Final

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