World Cup - 2007


The 6th edition of the Rugby World Cup was held in 2007, and was hosted by France, although Wales and Scotland also hosted some matches. Like the 1999 and 2003 event, 20 teams took part, and the format was the same as the 2003 event, with the top two teams in each of the four pools qualifying for the quarter finals.


Participants :
The 8 teams that played in the quarter finals in 2003 qualified automatically. There was a qualification process for the remaining 12 places.

Automatic Qualifiers:
Australia
England
France
Ireland
New Zealand
Scotland
South Africa
Wales

Qualifiers:
Argentina
Canada
Fiji
Georgia
Italy
Japan
Namibia
Portugal
Romania
Samoa
Tonga
United States

Portugal were new participants from the 2003 World Cup, while Uruguay was the only team from the 2003 World Cup that didn't take part again in 2007.

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4
England Australia Italy Argentina
Samoa Canada New Zealand France
South Africa Fiji Portugal Georgia
Tonga Japan Romania Ireland
United States Wales Scotland Namibia

Matches : Pool Stages

Date Venue Stage Team 1 Score Team 2
7 September 2007 Saint Denis Pool 4 France 12-17 Argentina
8 September 2007 Lens Pool 1 England 28-10 United States
8 September 2007 Lyon Pool 2 Australia 91-3 Japan
8 September 2007 Marseille Pool 3 New Zealand 76-14 Italy
9 September 2007 Paris Pool 1 South Africa 59-7 Samoa
9 September 2007 Nantes Pool 2 Wales 42-17 Canada
9 September 2007 Saint Etienne Pool 3 Scotland 56-10 Portugal
9 September 2007 Bordeaux Pool 4 Ireland 32-17 Namibia
11 September 2007 Lyon Pool 4 Argentina 33-3 Georgia
12 September 2007 Montpellier Pool 1 United States 15-25 Tonga
12 September 2007 Toulouse Pool 2 Japan 31-35 Fiji
12 September 2007 Marseille Pool 3 Italy 24-18 Romania
14 September 2007 Saint Denis Pool 1 England 0-36 South Africa
15 September 2007 Cardiff Pool 2 Wales 20-32 Australia
15 September 2007 Lyon Pool 3 New Zealand 108-13 Portugal
15 September 2007 Bordeaux Pool 4 Ireland 14-10 Georgia
16 September 2007 Montpellier Pool 1 Samoa 15-19 Tonga
16 September 2007 Cardiff Pool 2 Fiji 29-16 Canada
16 September 2007 Toulouse Pool 4 France 87-10 Namibia
18 September 2007 Edinburgh Pool 3 Scotland 42-0 Romania
19 September 2007 Paris Pool 3 Italy 31-5 Portugal
20 September 2007 Cardiff Pool 2 Wales 72-18/td> Japan
21 September 2007 Saint Denis Pool 4 France 25-3 Ireland
22 September 2007 Lens Pool 1 South Africa 30-25 Tonga
22 September 2007 Nantes Pool 1 England 44-22 Samoa
22 September 2007 Marseille Pool 4 Argentina 63-3 Namibia
23 September 2007 Montpellier Pool 2 Australia 55-12 Fiji
23 September 2007 Edinburgh Pool 3 Scotland 0-40 New Zealand
25 September 2007 Bordeaux Pool 2 Canada 12-12 Japan
25 September 2007 Toulouse Pool 3 Romania 14-10 Portugal
26 September 2007 Saint Ettienne Pool 1 Samoa 25-21 United States
26 September 2007 Lens Pool 4 Georgia 30-0 Namibia
28 September 2007 Paris Pool 1 England 36-20 Tonga
29 September 2007 Bordeaux Pool 2 Australia 37-6 Canada
29 September 2007 Nantes Pool 2 Wales 34-38 Fiji
29 September 2007 Toulouse Pool 3 New Zealand 85-8 Romania
29 September 2007 Saint Etienne Pool 3 Scotland 18-16 Italy
30 September 2007 Montpellier Pool 1 South Africa 64-15 United States
30 September 2007 Marseille Pool 4 France 64-7 Georgia
30 September 2007 Paris Pool 4 Ireland 15-30 Argentina

Pool 1 after the Pool Stages:

Team Played Won Drew Lost TF PF PA PD BP Points
South Africa 4 4 0 0 24 189 47 142 3 19
England 4 3 0 1 11 108 88 20 2 14
Tonga 4 2 0 2 9 89 96 -7 1 9
Samoa 4 1 0 3 5 69 143 -74 1 5
United States 4 0 0 4 7 61 142 -81 1 1

Pool 2 after the Pool Stages:

Team Played Won Drew Lost TF PF PA PD BP Points
Australia 4 4 0 0 30 215 41 174 4 20
Fiji 4 3 0 1 14 114 136 -22 3 15
Wales 4 2 0 2 23 168 105 63 4 12
Japan 4 0 1 3 7 64 201 -146 1 3
Canada 4 0 1 3 6 51 120 -69 0 2

Pool 3 after the Pool Stages:

Team Played Won Drew Lost TF PF PA PD BP Points
New Zealand 4 4 0 0 46 309 35 274 4 20
Scotland 4 3 0 1 14 116 66 50 2 14
Italy 4 2 0 2 8 85 117 -32 1 9
Romania 4 1 0 3 5 40 161 -121 1 5
Portugal 4 0 0 4 4 38 209 -171 1 1

Pool 4 after the Pool Stages:

Team Played Won Drew Lost TF PF PA PD BP Points
Argentina 4 4 0 0 16 143 33 110 2 18
France 4 3 0 1 24 188 37 151 3 15
Ireland 4 2 0 2 9 64 82 -18 1 9
Georgia 4 1 0 3 5 50 111 -61 1 5
Namibia 4 0 0 4 3 30 212 -182 0 0

The top two teams from each pool qualified for the Quarter Finals, while they also qualified for the next world cup, together with the 3rd placed teams.

Matches : Knock-out Stages

Date Venue Stage Team 1 Score Team 2
6 October 2007 Marseille QF Australia 10-12 England
6 October 2007 Cardiff QF New Zealand 18-20 France
7 October 2007 Marseille QF South Africa 37-20 Fiji
7 October 2007 Saint Denis QF Argentina 19-13 Scotland
13 October 2007 Saint Denis SF England 14-9 France
14 October 2007 Saint Denis SF South Africa 37-13 Argentina
19 October 2007 Paris 3rd place playoff France 10-34 Argentina
20 October 2007 Saint Denis Final England 6-15 South Africa