Rugby World Cup semi-final history

Argentina’s convincing 43-20 win over Ireland and Australia’s dramatic 35-34 defeat of Scotland on Sunday ensured that for the first time all four World Cup semi-finalists would come from the southern hemisphere.

With defending champions New Zealand thrashing France 62-13 and South Africa seeing off Wales 23-19 on Saturday, the weekend’s quarter-final results sparked plenty of soul-searching regarding the state of northern hemisphere rugby union.

Below AFP Sport looks at the semi-final and final split at previous World Cups:

1987

Semi-finalists

Northern: France, Wales

Southern: New Zealand, Australia

Final

Northern: France

Southern: New Zealand

Winner: New Zealand

1991

Semi-finalists

Northern: England, Scotland

Southern: Australia, New Zealand

Final

Northern: England

Southern: Australia

Winner: Australia

1995

Semi-finalists

Northern: England, France

Southern: New Zealand, South Africa

Final

Southern: New Zealand, South Africa

Winner: South Africa

1999

Semi-finalists

Northern: France

Southern: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa

Final

Northern: France

Southern: Australia

Winner: Australia

2003

Semi-finalists

Northern: England, France

Southern: Australia, New Zealand

Final

Northern: England

Southern: Australia

Winner: England

2007

Semi-finalists

Northern: England, France

Southern: Argentina, South Africa

Final

Northern: England

Southern: South Africa

Winner: South Africa

2011

Semi-finalists

Northern: France, Wales

Southern: Australia, New Zealand

Final

Northern: France

Southern: New Zealand

Winner: New Zealand

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here