1995 Rugby World Cup

The 1995 Rugby World Cup was the third Rugby World Cup. It was hosted and won by South Africa, and was the first Rugby World Cup in which every match was held in one country.

The World Cup was the first major sporting event to take place in South Africa following the end of apartheid. It was also the first World Cup in which South Africa was allowed to compete; the International Rugby Football Board (IRFB, now World Rugby) had only readmitted South Africa to international rugby in 1992, following negotiations to end apartheid. The World Cup would also be the last major event of rugby union's amateur era; two months after the tournament, the IRFB opened the sport to professionalism.

In the final, held at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on 24 June, South Africa defeated New Zealand 15–12, with Joel Stransky scoring a drop goal in extra time to win the match. Following South Africa's victory, Nelson Mandela, the President of South Africa, wearing a Springboks rugby shirt and cap, presented the Webb Ellis Cup to the South African captain François Pienaar.

1995 Rugby World Cup
Tournament details
Host nation South Africa
Dates25 May – 24 June (31 days)
No. of nations16 (52 qualifying)
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg South Africa (1st title)
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg New Zealand
Third place Bronze medal blank.svg France
Tournament statistics
Matches played32
Attendance938,486 (29,328 per match)
Top scorer(s)France Thierry Lacroix (112)
Most triesNew Zealand Jonah Lomu
New Zealand Marc Ellis
(7 tries each)


Africa Americas Europe Oceania/Asia

The eight quarter-finalists from the 1991 Rugby World Cup all received automatic entry, as did South Africa, as hosts. The remaining seven of the 16 positions available in the tournament were filled by regional qualifiers. The qualifying tournaments were broken up into regional associations: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Côte d'Ivoire qualified through Africa, Japan through Asia, Argentina through the Americas, Italy, Romania and Wales through Europe, Tonga through Oceania.



The 1995 tournament was the first Rugby World Cup to be hosted by just one country, and thus, all the venues are within the one country. In total, nine stadiums were used for the World Cup, most being owned by local municipalities, and the majority of the venues were upgraded prior to the tournament. Six of the nine stadiums were South African Test grounds. The four largest stadiums were used for the finals, with the final taking place at Johannesburg's Ellis Park.

There were games originally scheduled to have been played in Brakpan, Germiston, Pietermaritzburg and Witbank, but these games were reallocated to other venues. This reduced the number of venues from 14 to 9. The reasons cited for this change had to do with facilities for both the press and spectators, as well as the security. The change in the itinerary occurred in January 1994. Further changes occurred in April, so that evening games were played at stadiums with good floodlighting. It is also thought that Potchefstroom was an original venue.

Venues were paired:

  • Pool 1: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Stellenbosch
  • Pool 2: Durban and East London
  • Pool 3: Johannesburg and Bloemfontein
  • Pool 4: Pretoria and Rustenburg
Johannesburg Pretoria Cape Town
Ellis Park Loftus Versfeld Newlands
Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 50,000 Capacity: 50,000
Ellis Park Stadium Loftus Versfeld Stadium Stormers rugby
Durban Bloemfontein Port Elizabeth
Kings Park Stadium Free State Stadium Boet Erasmus Stadium
Capacity: 50,000 Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 38,950
King's Park Stadium, Durban Free State Stadium2 Boet Erasmus Stadium
Rustenburg East London Stellenbosch
Olympia Park Basil Kenyon Stadium Danie Craven Stadium
Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 22,000 Capacity: 16,000

Pools & format

Pool A Pool B Pool C Pool D

 South Africa

 Western Samoa

 New Zealand

 Ivory Coast

The tournament was contested by 16 different nations using the same format that was used in 1987 and 1991 and in total 32 matches were played. The competition began on 25 May, when the hosts South Africa defeated Australia 27–18 at Newlands in Cape Town. The tournament culminated with the final between South Africa and the All Blacks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on 24 June. In total, the tournament ran for thirty days. The nations were broken up into four pools of four, with each pool consisting of two teams that were automatically qualified and two that went through the qualifying tournaments.

Points system

The points system that was used in the pool stage was unchanged from 1991:

  • 3 points for a win
  • 2 points for a draw
  • 1 point for playing

Knockout stage

Pool winners were drawn against opposite pool runners-up in the quarter-finals. For example, the winner of A faces the runner up of B, and the winner of B face the runner-up of A. The whole finals stage adopts a knock-out format, and the winners of the quarter-finals advance to the semi-finals, where winner 1 faces winner 2, and winner 3 faces winner 4. The winners advance to the final, and the losers contest a third/fourth place play-off two days before the final.

A total of 32 matches (24 pool stage & 8 knock-out) were played throughout the tournament over 30 days from 25 May to 24 June 1995.

Pool stage

Pool A

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 South Africa 3 3 0 0 68 26 9
 Australia 3 2 0 1 87 41 7
 Canada 3 1 0 2 45 50 5
 Romania 3 0 0 3 14 97 3
25 May 1995
South Africa  27–18  Australia
Try: Hendriks
Con: Stransky
Pen: Stransky (4)
Drop: Stransky
Try: Kearns
Con: Lynagh
Pen: Lynagh (2)
Newlands, Cape Town
Attendance: 44,778
Referee: Derek Bevan (Wales)
26 May 1995
Canada  34–3  Romania
Try: Charron
Con: Rees (2)
Pen: Rees (4)
Drop: Rees
Pen: Nichitean
Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Colin Hawke (New Zealand)
30 May 1995
South Africa  21–8  Romania
Try: Richter (2)
Con: Johnson
Pen: Johnson (3)
Try: Gurănescu
Pen: Ivanciuc
Newlands, Cape Town
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Ken McCartney (Scotland)
31 May 1995
Australia  27–11  Canada
Try: Lynagh
Con: Lynagh (3)
Pen: Lynagh (2)
Try: Charron
Pen: Rees (2)
Boet Erasmus Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Attendance: 16,000
Referee: Patrick Robin (France)
3 June 1995
Australia  42–3  Romania
Try: Smith
Roff (2)
Con: Burke (2)
Eales (4)
Pen: Ivanciuc
Danie Craven Stadium, Stellenbosch
Attendance: 15,542
Referee: Naoki Saito (Japan)
3 June 1995
South Africa  20–0  Canada
Try: Richter (2)
Con: Stransky (2)
Pen: Stransky (2)

Pool B

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 England 3 3 0 0 95 60 9
 Western Samoa 3 2 0 1 96 88 7
 Italy 3 1 0 2 69 94 5
 Argentina 3 0 0 3 69 87 3
27 May 1995
Italy  18–42  Western Samoa
Try: Vaccari
Con: Dominguez
Pen: Dominguez
Drop: Dominguez
Report Try: Lima (2)
Harder (2)
Con: Kellett (3)
Pen: Kellett (2)
Basil Kenyon Stadium, East London
Attendance: 7,868
Referee: Joël Dume (France)
27 May 1995
Argentina  18–24  England
Try: Arbizu
Con: Arbizu
Pen: Arbizu (2)
Pen: Andrew (6)
Drop: Andrew (2)
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)
30 May 1995
Western Samoa  32–26  Argentina
Try: Lam
Con: Kellett
Pen: Kellett (5)
Try: Penalty try
Con: Cilley (2)
Pen: Cilley (4)
31 May 1995
England  27–20  Italy
Try: R. Underwood
T. Underwood
Con: Andrew
Pen: Andrew (5)
Try: Cuttitta
Con: Dominguez (2)
Pen: Dominguez (2)
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 45,093
Referee: Stephen Hilditch (Ireland)
4 June 1995
Argentina  25–31  Italy
Try: Martin
Penalty try
Con: Cilley
Pen: Cilley
Try: Vaccari
Con: Dominguez (2)
Pen: Dominguez (4)
Basil Kenyon Stadium, East London
Attendance: 7,571
Referee: Clayton Thomas (Wales)
4 June 1995
England  44–22  Western Samoa
Try: R. Underwood (2)
Penalty try
Con: Callard (3)
Pen: Callard(5)
Drop: Catt
Try: Sini (2)
Con: Fa'amasino (2)
Pen: Fa'amasino
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 35,000
Referee: Patrick Robin (France)

Pool C

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 New Zealand 3 3 0 0 222 45 9
 Ireland 3 2 0 1 93 94 7
 Wales 3 1 0 2 89 68 5
 Japan 3 0 0 3 55 252 3
27 May 1995
Japan  10–57  Wales
Try: Ota (2)
Try: G. Thomas (3)
I. Evans (2)
Con: N. Jenkins (5)
Pen: N. Jenkins (4)
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Efrahim Sklar (Argentina)
27 May 1995
Ireland  19–43  New Zealand
Try: Corkery
Con: Elwood (2)
Try: Lomu (2)
Con: Mehrtens (3)
Pen: Mehrtens (4)
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 38,000
Referee: Wayne Erickson (Australia)
31 May 1995
Ireland  50–28  Japan
Try: Francis
Penalty try (2)
Con: Burke (6)
Pen: Burke
Try: Latu
Con: Yoshida (4)
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Stef Neethling (South Africa)
31 May 1995
New Zealand  34–9  Wales
Try: Ellis
Con: Mehrtens (2)
Pen: Mehrtens (4)
Drop: Mehrtens
Pen: N. Jenkins (2)
Drop: N. Jenkins
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Ed Morrison (England)
4 June 1995
Japan  17–145  New Zealand
Try: Kajihara (2)
Con: Hirose (2)
Pen: Hirose
Report Try: Ellis (6)
Rush (3)
Wilson (3)
R. Brooke (2)
Osborne (2)
Con: Culhane (20)
Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: George Gadjovic (Canada)
4 June 1995
Ireland  24–23  Wales
Try: Halvey
Con: Elwood (3)
Pen: Elwood
Try: Humphreys
Con: N. Jenkins (2)
Pen: N. Jenkins (2)
Drop: A. Davies
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: Ian Rogers (South Africa)

Pool D

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 France 3 3 0 0 114 47 9
 Scotland 3 2 0 1 149 27 7
 Tonga 3 1 0 2 44 90 5
 Ivory Coast 3 0 0 3 29 172 3
26 May 1995
Ivory Coast  0–89  Scotland
Try: G. Hastings (4)
Logan (2)
Walton (2)
Con: G. Hastings (9)
Pen: G. Hastings (2)
Olympia Park, Rustenburg
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Felise Vito (Western Samoa)
26 May 1995
France  38–10  Tonga
Try: Lacroix (2)
Con: Lacroix (3)
Pen: Lacroix (3)
Drop: Delaigue
Try: Va`enuku
Con: Tu'ipulotu
Pen: Tu'ipulotu
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 22,000
Referee: Steve Lander (England)
29 May 1995
France  54–18  Ivory Coast
Try: Lacroix (2)
Con: Deylaud (2)
Lacroix (2)
Pen: Lacroix (2)
Try: Soulama
Con: Kouassi
Pen: Kouassi (2)
Olympia Park, Rustenburg
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Han Moon-Soo (South Korea)
29 May 1995
Scotland  41–5  Tonga
Try: S. Hastings
G. Hastings
Con: G. Hastings
Pen: G. Hastings (8)
Try: Fenukitau
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Barry Leask (Australia)
3 June 1995
Ivory Coast  11–29  Tonga
Try: Okou
Pen: Dali (2)
Try: Penalty try
Con: Tu'ipulotu (3)
Pen: Tu'ipulotu
Olympia Park, Rustenburg
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Don Reordan (United States)

Three minutes into the match between Ivory Coast and Tonga, the Ivorian winger Max Brito was crushed beneath several other players, leaving him paralysed below the neck.[1]

3 June 1995
France  22–19  Scotland
Try: Ntamack
Con: Lacroix
Pen: Lacroix (5)
Try: Wainwright
Con: G. Hastings
Pen: G. Hastings (4)
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 39,000
Referee: Wayne Erickson (Australia)

Knockout stage

10 June – Ellis Park, Johannesburg
 South Africa42
17 June – Kings Park Stadium, Durban
 Western Samoa14
 South Africa19
10 June – Kings Park Stadium, Durban
24 June – Ellis Park, Johannesburg
 Ireland 12
 South Africa (a.e.t.)15
11 June – Newlands, Cape Town
 New Zealand12
18 June – Newlands, Cape Town
11 June – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
 New Zealand45 Third place
 New Zealand48
22 June – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria


10 June 1995
France  36–12  Ireland
Try: Saint-André
Con: Lacroix
Pen: Lacroix (8)
Pen: Elwood (4)
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Ed Morrison (England)
10 June 1995
South Africa  42–14  Western Samoa
Try: Williams (4)
Con: Johnson (3)
Pen: Johnson (2)
Try: Tatupu
Con: Fa'amasino (2)
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 54,169
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)
11 June 1995
England  25–22  Australia
Try: T. Underwood
Con: Andrew
Pen: Andrew (5)
Drop: Andrew
Report Try: Smith
Con: Lynagh
Pen: Lynagh (5)
Newlands, Cape Town
Attendance: 35,448
Referee: Dave Bishop (New Zealand)
11 June 1995
New Zealand  48–30  Scotland
Try: Little (2)
Con: Mehrtens (6)
Pen: Mehrtens (2)
Try: Weir (2)
S. Hastings
Con: G. Hastings (3)
Pen: G. Hastings (3)
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Derek Bevan (Wales)


17 June 1995
South Africa  19–15  France
Try: Kruger
Con: Stransky
Pen: Stransky (4)
Pen: Lacroix (5)
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 49,773
Referee: Derek Bevan (Wales)
18 June 1995
England  29–45  New Zealand
Try: Carling (2)
R. Underwood (2)
Con: Andrew (3)
Pen: Andrew
Report Try: Lomu (4)
Con: Mehrtens (3)
Pen: Mehrtens
Drop: Z. Brooke
Newlands, Cape Town
Attendance: 43,414
Referee: Stephen Hilditch (Ireland)

Third-place play-off

22 June 1995
France  19–9  England
Try: Olivier Roumat
Pen: Lacroix (3)
Pen: Andrew (3)
Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Attendance: 44,000
Referee: Dave Bishop (New Zealand)


The final was contested by New Zealand and hosts South Africa. Both nations finished undefeated at the top of their pools. South Africa defeated Western Samoa in the quarter-finals, and then France in the semi-finals to reach the final; New Zealand defeated Scotland in the quarter-finals, and England in the semi-finals, a game in which Jonah Lomu famously scored four tries for the All Blacks. The final was played at Ellis Park in Johannesburg and refereed by Ed Morrison of England. To this point, New Zealand had led the tournament in production, outscoring their opponents 315–104, while South Africa had outscored their opponents 129–55. The tight Springbok defence would keep the high scoring All Blacks in check – particularly Jonah Lomu and Marc Ellis, who had already scored a then World Cup record seven tries each in the tournament – with neither team scoring a try in the match.

South Africa led 9–6 at half time, and New Zealand levelled the scores at 9–9 with a drop goal in the second half. Though Andrew Mehrtens almost kicked a late drop goal for the All Blacks, the score remained tied at full-time, forcing the game into extra time. Both teams scored penalty goals in the first half of extra time, but Joel Stransky then scored a drop goal to win the final for South Africa.

What happened after the match has become an iconic moment in the history of the sport. Nelson Mandela, wearing a Springbok rugby jersey and baseball cap, presented the Webb Ellis Cup to South African captain François Pienaar to the delight of the capacity crowd. The moment is thought by some to be one of the most famous finals of any sport.[2]

24 June 1995
South Africa  15–12 (a.e.t.)  New Zealand
Pen: Stransky (3)
Drop: Stransky (2)
Report Pen: Mehrtens (3)
Drop: Mehrtens
Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Attendance: 59,870
Referee: Ed Morrison (England)


The tournament's top point scorer was France's Thierry Lacroix, who scored 112 points. Marc Ellis and Jonah Lomu scored the most tries, seven in total.

Top 10 point scorers
Player Team Position Played Tries Conv­ersions Penal­ties Drop goals Total points
Thierry Lacroix  France Fly-half 6 4 7 26 0 112
Gavin Hastings  Scotland Full-back 4 5 14 17 0 104
Andrew Mehrtens  New Zealand First five-eighth 5 1 14 14 3 84
Rob Andrew  England Fly-half 5 0 5 20 3 79
Joel Stransky  South Africa Fly-half 5 1 4 13 3 61
Michael Lynagh  Australia Fly-half 3 2 5 9 0 47
Simon Culhane  New Zealand First five-eighth 1 1 20 0 0 45
Neil Jenkins  Wales Fly-half 3 0 7 8 1 41
Diego Domínguez  Italy Fly-half 3 1 5 7 1 39
Marc Ellis  New Zealand Wing 5 7 0 0 0 35
Jonah Lomu  New Zealand Wing 5 7 0 0 0 35


The event was broadcast in Australia by Network Ten and in the United Kingdom by ITV.

Commemorative coins

The South African Mint issued a one-ounce gold proof "Protea" coin with a total mintage of 406 pieces to commemorate the event being hosted by South Africa.

Popular culture

Mandela and Pienaar's involvement in the World Cup is the subject of the John Carlin book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation, its 2009 film adaptation Invictus, and the ESPN TV documentary The 16th Man in 2010.


  1. ^ Irwin, Pirate (4 October 2007). "Max Brito at end of tether after 12-year struggle". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Rugby World Cup history". BBC. 7 October 2003. Retrieved 7 October 2006.

External links

1994 ARFU Asian Rugby Championship

The 1994 ARFU Asian Rugby Championship was the 14th edition of the tournament, and was played in Kuala Lumpur. It also doubled up as the Asian qualifying tournament for the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The eight teams were divided in two pools with a round robin played in each. The top teams in each pool then played off in the final to decide the tournament winner. Japan won the competition, defeating South Korea by 26–11 in the final, and subsequently represented Asia in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

1995 Rugby World Cup Final

The 1995 Rugby World Cup Final was the final match of the 1995 Rugby World Cup, played in South Africa. The match was played at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg on 24 June 1995 between the host nation, South Africa, and New Zealand.

South Africa won the encounter by three points in their first Rugby World Cup Final, which was also the first to require extra time. Unusually, the points were scored by only one player from each team, with Andrew Mehrtens of New Zealand scoring all 12 of the All Blacks' points (three penalties and one drop goal) and Joel Stransky tallying all 15 points (three penalties and two drop goals) for the Springboks, including a drop goal in extra time, which sealed the victory and their first Rugby World Cup title.

At the end of the match, South African President Nelson Mandela, wearing a number 6 Springbok rugby shirt and cap, presented the Webb Ellis Cup to South African captain François Pienaar.

1995 Rugby World Cup qualifying

The 1995 Rugby World Cup was preceded by a qualifying campaign in which forty-five nations were entered. 16 teams participated in the finals tournament in South Africa, seven of which came through qualifying matches. Eight were granted automatic entry as they were quarter-finalists at the 1991 Rugby World Cup, and South Africa qualified automatically as hosts.

1995 Rugby World Cup squads

This article lists the official squads for the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa from 25 May to 24 June 1995.

Players marked (c) were named as captain for their national squad. All details, such as number of international caps and player age, are current as of the opening day of the tournament on 25 May 1995.

1995 Rugby World Cup statistics

This article documents statistics from the 1995 Rugby World Cup, hosted in South Africa from 25 May to 24 June.

1995 Rugby World Cup – Oceania qualification

For the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, the Oceania teams from Australia, New Zealand and Western Samoa were granted automatic entry due to reaching the quarter-final stages of the 1991 tournament.Oceania was granted one further qualifying place, which was decided by a simple home and away play-off between Fiji and Tonga in 1993. Each team lost their home match, but Tonga won the play-off on aggregate score.

André Joubert

André Johan Joubert (born 15 April 1964 in Ladysmith) is a former South African rugby union player, widely known as "The Rolls-Royce of Fullbacks" for his pace, class, and seemingly effortless style. He was capped 34 times at fullback for the Springboks in the early 1990s, and amassed 115 test points from 10 tries, 17 penalties and 7 conversions.

He made his international debut, aged 25, in 1989 against the World XV in a game the Springboks won 20-19. His final appearance in the Green and Gold came in 1997, in a 61-22 demolition of Australia, the Wallabies in Pretoria.

Buffalo City Stadium

Buffalo City Stadium (also known as the BCM Stadium) is a multi-use stadium in East London, South Africa. It is currently used mostly for Rugby Union matches and is the home stadium of Border Bulldogs. The stadium holds 16,000 people.

The stadium has undergone three name changes. Originally, it was named Border Rugby Union Grounds, which was changed to the Basil Kenyon Stadium, after the Springbok player who captained the Springboks on a successful 3-month tour of England in 1951. It has also been called ABSA Stadium, for sponsorship reasons. On 26 June 2010, The BCM Stadium hosted a Test match between Italy and South Africa. South Africa won 55–11.

Chester Williams

Chester Mornay Williams (8 August 1970 – 6 September 2019) was a South African rugby union player. He played as a winger for the South Africa national rugby union team (Springboks) from 1993 to 2000, most notably for the team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup, which was hosted in South Africa. He was the only person of colour on the team. During the tournament he scored four tries for South Africa in its quarter-final match and also appeared in the semi-final and final. Domestically he played rugby for the Western Province in the Currie Cup.

After retiring, Williams pursued a career in coaching, including a spell with the South Africa national rugby sevens team, the Uganda national rugby union team, and the University of the Western Cape. He was portrayed by McNeil Hendricks in the 2009 Clint Eastwood film Invictus, a biographical sports drama film about the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup, and he also helped to coach Matt Damon and other actors for the rugby scenes used in the film. Williams died from a suspected heart attack on 6 September 2019 at the age of 49.

Free State Stadium

The Free State Stadium (Afrikaans: Vrystaatstadion), currently known as the Toyota Stadium for sponsorship reasons and formerly known as Vodacom Park, is a stadium in Bloemfontein, South Africa, used mainly for rugby union and also sometimes for association football. It was originally built for the 1995 Rugby World Cup, and was one of the venues for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The primary rugby union tenants of the facility are:

The Cheetahs, which represents Free State and Northern Cape provinces in the international Pro14 competition.

The Free State Cheetahs, which participate in South Africa's domestic competition, the Currie Cup.The primary association football tenant is:

Bloemfontein Celtic, who play in South Africa's domestic Premier Soccer League.

History of rugby union matches between New Zealand and Japan

The All Blacks first played against Japan at 1995 Rugby World Cup, beating them 145-17 at Bloemfontein, South Africa. The two teams have played a total of four Test matches recognized by both sides as full internationals, with New Zealand winning all of them. The two sides have been in the same pool in two of the eight Rugby World Cup tournaments to date.

Invictus (film)

Invictus is a 2009 American-South African biographical sports drama film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. The story is based on the John Carlin book Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game That Made a Nation about the events in South Africa before and during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The Springboks were not expected to perform well, the team having only recently returned to high-level international competition following the dismantling of apartheid—the country was hosting the World Cup, thus earning an automatic entry. Freeman and Damon play the South African President Nelson Mandela and François Pienaar, respectively. François was the captain of the South Africa rugby union team, the Springboks.Invictus was released in the United States on December 11, 2009. The title refers to the Roman divine epithet Invictus and may be translated from the Latin as "undefeated" or "unconquered". "Invictus" is also the title of a poem, referred to in the film, by British poet William Ernest Henley (1849–1903). The film was met with positive critical reviews and earned Academy Award nominations for Freeman (Best Actor) and Damon (Best Supporting Actor). The film grossed $122.2 million on a budget of $50–60 million.

Ipolito Fenukitau

Ipolito Fenukitau (born 22 July 1972) is a Tongan rugby union footballer. He has played over 10 times for the Tonga national rugby union team, including representing them at the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa and 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia. His usual position is at flanker.

Fenukitau made his debut for Tonga on 5 June 1993 in a match against a non-cap Scottish XV, in which he featured in the starting lineup. He played in three other matches that year; against Fiji, Australia and again against Fiji. In 1995 he played in two Tests against Japan, and was then included in the 1995 Rugby World Cup squad for South Africa, playing in two games against France and Scotland.

In 1998 he played for the Australian sevens team at the Commonwealth Games.In 2002 he played two Tests for Tonga; against Fiji and Samoa, and the following year he was included in the 2003 Rugby World Cup squad for Australia, playing in all four pool games for Tonga.

Keiji Hirose

Keiji Hirose (廣瀬佳司, Hirose Keiji), born April 16, 1973 in Osaka) is a former Japanese rugby union player. He played as a fly-half. His club team was Toyota Verblitz. He was nicknamed Golden Boots (ゴールデン・ブーツ, Gôruden Būtsu).

Hirose was awarded 40 caps for Japan; he made his debut in a 26-11 1995 Rugby World Cup qualifier win over South Korea, October 29, 1994 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In his career, Hirose scored 5 tries, 77 conversions, 79 penalties and 2 drop goals, reaching a national record of 422 points in aggregate. He was the primary goalkicker for Japan during his international career.

He played in just a single game at the 1995 Rugby World Cup, the infamous 145-17 defeat to New Zealand. Hirose scored 2 conversions and 1 penalty in the game.

In the 44-17 win over Tonga, at 8 May 1999, in Tokyo, during the Pacific Rim Championship, he kicked a then record of 9 penalties from 9 attempts.

He played in all three of Japan's games at the 1999 Rugby World Cup. His 5 penalties and 4 conversions (a total of 23 points) led his country in scoring. Hirose again played only once at the 2003 Rugby World Cup, in a 32-11 defeat to Scotland, at 12 October 2003, scoring 2 penalties.

His last international game came was on 5 November 2005, a 44-29 win over Spain, in Tokyo. Hirose had a memorable farewell, scoring 19 points through 5 conversions, 2 penalties and 1 drop goal. He was 32 years old.

Kings Park Stadium

The Kings Park Stadium (known as the Jonsson Kings Park Stadium for sponsorship reasons since March 8th 2018), is a stadium located in the Kings Park Sporting Precinct in Durban, South Africa.

The stadium was originally built with a capacity of 12,000 and opened in 1958, extensively renovated in the 1980s and then again in time for the 1995 Rugby World Cup. It currently has a capacity of 52,000 and is the home ground of the Sharks. The stadium has also been used by Durban-based Premier Soccer League football (soccer) clubs, as well as for large football finals.

It was previously also known as the ABSA Stadium (between 2000 and 2010), Mr Price Kings Park Stadium (in 2011 and 2012) and Growthpoint Kings Park (between 2013 and early 2018) due to sponsorship deals.

Marius Hurter

Marius Hofmeyr Hurter, better known as Marius Hurter, born 8 October 1970 in Potchefstroom (South Africa), is a former South African rugby union player who played for the South Africa national rugby union team between 1995 and 1997.

He played as prop (1,87 m and 123 kg).

He was part of the Springbok team that won the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Mark Hartill

Mark Hartill (born 29 May 1964) is an Australian former Rugby Union prop. He was a member of the Australian squad at the 1987 and 1995 Rugby World Cup. He went on to win 20 caps between 1986 and 1995.

Naka Drotské

Allen Erasmus 'Naka' Drotské (born 15 March 1971 in Senekal, South Africa) is a former South African rugby union player, who played for the Springboks between 1993 and 1999.

He played as a hooker in the South African provincial Currie Cup for the Blue Bulls and the Free State Cheetahs.

He was a member of the 1995 Rugby World Cup-winning team.

He started in the 2002 Powergen Cup Final at Twickenham, as London Irish defeated the Northampton Saints.

Newlands Stadium

The Newlands Stadium, currently referred to as DHL Newlands for sponsorship reasons,

is located in Cape Town, South Africa. The stadium currently has a capacity of 51,900 people, but is not an all-seater venue. It is the oldest rugby stadium in South Africa and the fourth-oldest rugby stadium in the world.Various sports teams currently use the stadium as their home base, including:

Stormers in Super Rugby

Western Province in the Currie CupTenants Stormers finished 1st place in the 2012 Super Rugby season for the first time in their history. Western Province also use the venue for home games. The city's soccer clubs Ajax Cape Town, Santos and the dissolved club Vasco da Gama have in the past occasionally hosted matches at the Newlands Stadium.

1995 Rugby World Cup
1995 Rugby World Cup finalists
Third place
Fourth place
Pool stage
Venues of the 1995 Rugby World Cup
Overall records


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