1995 Rugby League World Cup
The 1995 Rugby League World Cup was held during October in the United Kingdom. It was the eleventh staging of the Rugby League World Cup and was marketed as the Halifax Centenary World Cup, reflecting the tournament's sponsorship and the fact that 1995 marked the 100th birthday of the sport.
Envisaged as a celebration of rugby league football, the size of the competition was doubled with four additional teams being invited to the tournament and Great Britain being split between England and Wales (Scotland and Ireland taking part in the Emerging Nations Tournament). The Emerging Nations Tournament was held alongside the main event, giving teams that had failed to qualify a chance of silverware.
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.
Australia 16 - 8 England
October 28th 1995
Referee: Stuart Cummings (England)
Australia: Brasher, Wishart, Coyne, Hill, Dallas, Fittler (C), Toovey, Pay, A Johns, Carroll, Menzies, Larson, Dymock. Subs: Smith, O'Davis, M Johns, Kosef
Tries: Wishart, Brasher. Goals: A Johns 4
England: Radlinski, Robinson, Connolly, Newlove, Offiah, Smith, Goulding, Harrison, Jackson, Platt, Betts (C), Clarke, Farrell. Subs: Pinkney, Mather, Cassidy, Joynt
Try: Newlove. Goals: Goulding 2
England beat Wales: 25 - 10 at Old Trafford. Attendance: 30,042
Australia beat New Zealand: 30 - 20 (After extra time) at McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield. Attendance: 16,608
1995 World Cup Group One Results
England beat Australia: 20 - 16 at Wembley. Attendance: 41,271
Fiji beat South Africa: 52 - 6 at Keighley. Attendance: 4,845
Australia beat South Africa: 86 - 6 at Gateshead. Attendance: 9,191
England beat Fiji: 46 - 0 at Wigan. Attendance: 26,263
Australia beat Fifi: 66 - 0 at Huddersfield. Attendance: 7,127
England beat South Africa: 46 - 0 at Leeds. Attendance: 14,014
1995 World Cup Group Two Results
New Zealand beat Tonga: 25 - 14 at Warrington. Attendance: 8,083
Papua New Guinea drew with Tonga: 28 - 28 at Hull. Attendance: 5,121
New Zealand beat Papua New Guinea: 22 - 6 at St Helens. Attendance: 8,679
1995 World Cup Group Three Results
Wales beat France: 28 - 6 at Cardiff. Attendance: 10,250
Western Samoa beat France: 56 - 10 at Cardiff. Attendance: 2,173
Wales beat Western Samoa: 22 - 10 at Swansea. Attendance: 15,385