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2000 (2000) World Cup  ()
2000 World Cup logo
Number of teams 16
Host countries  United Kingdom
 Ireland
 France
Winner  Australia (9th title)

Matches played 31
Attendance 263,921 (8,514 per match)
Top scorer Australia Mat Rogers (70)
Top try scorer Australia Wendell Sailor (10)
 < 1995
2008

The 2000 Rugby League World Cup was the twelfth staging of the tournament and was held during October and November in Great Britain, Ireland and France. Building on the previous successful competition, it was decided to expand the format further, with the number of teams rising from 10 to 16. As before, an Emerging Nations Tournament was held alongside the main event.

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Summary

The millennium World Cup attracted a record sponsorship of over £1 million from Lincoln Financial Group, who had also sponsored Great Britain's Tests against New Zealand the previous autumn.[1]

The 2000 World Cup was not considered a great success. There were too many mismatches in the early stages, and some of the teams lacked credibility. Notably the inclusion of a side representing New Zealand’s Māori population, Aotearoa Māori, alongside the full New Zealand team, and a Lebanon side consisting entirely of Australians of Lebanese origin, led to derisory comments in the media.[2] The tournament's organisers also attracted criticisim regarding marketing and ticketing. Due to these reasons crowds at the tournament were low; also torrential rainstorms and the crisis on Britain’s railways following the Hatfield rail crash did not help encourage spectators.

There were however some positives: the tournament returned a profit of more than £2m despite the small crowds the tournament attracted;[3] the French performed creditably, and attendance for the games held in France was encouraging. The much-derided Lebanon team also proved the catalyst for domestic competition in that country.

On the competition side of things, tournament favourites Australia[4] and New Zealand cut a swathe through the tournament, with several dominant performances setting up an obvious final clash. New Zealand's 49-6 semi-final dispatch of England, coupled with Australia only hitting the lead in their semi-final against Wales with 23 minutes remaining, had New Zealand installed as favourites in some quarters. However, it was Australia who prevailed in a tense, absorbing finale. Australia only led 18-12 with 15 minutes remaining, but a glut of possession saw them finish strongly - scoring four late tries to give the appearance of an easy victory.

Australia's Wendell Sailor was named player of the tournament.

Qualifying

Six countries competed for one available place in the tournament. Lebanon were successful, defeating the United States in the playoff 62-8.

Squads

Group 1

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Results

2000-10-28
England  2 – 22  Australia Twickenham Stadium, London
Attendance: 33,758
Referee: David Pakieto New Zealand
Pen: Farrell Try: Sailor (2),
Gidley,
MacDougall
Con: Rogers (3/4)

2000-10-29
Fiji  38 – 12  Russia Craven Park, Barrow-in-Furness
Attendance: 2,187
Referee: Russell Smith England
Try: Vunivalu (3),
Tuqiri (2),
Kuraduadua,
Sovatabua
Con: Tuqiri (5/7)
Try: Rullis,
Iliassov
Con: Jiltsov (1/1)
Mitrofanov (1/1)

2000-11-01
Australia  66 – 8  Fiji Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead
Attendance: 4,197
Referee: Robert Connolly England
Try: Rogers (4),
Girdler (2),
Kennedy (2),
Hindmarsh,
Barrett,
MacDougall,
Gidley
Con: Rogers (9/12)
Try: Cakacaka (m),
Tuqiri (m)
Con: ? (0/2)

2000-11-01
England  76 – 4  Russia Knowsley Road, St Helens
Attendance: 5,736
Referee: Bill Shrimpton New Zealand
Try: Sinfield (3),
Jamie Peacock (2),
Long (2),
Rowley (2),
Walker,
Stephenson,
Hay,
Deacon,
Pryce
Con: Farrell (5),
Long (5)
Pen: Mitrofanov (2)

2000-11-04
England  66 – 10  Fiji Headingley Stadium, Leeds
Attendance: 10,052
Referee: Thierry Alibert France
Try: Jamie Peacock (3),
Wellens (2),
Rogers (2),
Naylor,
Hay,
Radlinski,
Smith,
Farrell
Con: Farrell (9/12)
Try: Tuqiri (m),
Navale (c),
Con: Vunivalu (1/2)

2000-11-04
Australia  110 – 4  Russia The Boulevard, Hull
Attendance: 3,044
Referee: Stuart Cummings England
Try: Sailor (4),
Girdler (3),
Croker (2),
Hindmarsh (2),
Barrett (2),
Johns,
Tallis,
Fletcher,
Webcke,
MacDougall,
Gidley
Con: Girdler (17/19)
Try: Donovan
Con: ? (0/1)

Final standings

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
 Australia 3 3 0 0 198 14 +184 6
 England 3 2 0 1 144 36 +108 4
 Fiji 3 1 0 2 56 144 -88 2
 Russia 3 0 0 3 20 224 -204 0

Group 2

Results

2000-10-29
New Zealand  64 – 0  Lebanon Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
Attendance: 2,496
Referee: Bill Harrigan Australia
Try: Jones (2),
Carroll (2),
Vainikolo (2),
Talau (2),
Barnett (2),
Swain,
Jellick
Con: Jones (6),
Paul (2)

2000-10-29
Wales  38 – 6  Cook Islands Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 5,016
Referee: Thierry Alibert France
Try: Tassell (3),
Jenkins,
Briers,
Cunningham
Con: Harris (6/6)
Pen: Harris
Try: Temata
Con: Piakura (1/1)

2000-11-02
New Zealand  84 – 10  Cook Islands Madejski Stadium, Reading
Attendance: 3,982
Referee: Tim Mander Australia
Try: Vaealiki (2),
Paul (2),
Barnett (2),
Lavea (2),
Lauitiiti,
Vainikolo,
Wiki,
Cayless,
Pongia,
Vagana,
Puletua
Con: Lavea (12/15)
Try: Noovao
Iro
Con: Piakura (1/2)

2000-11-02
Wales  24 – 22  Lebanon Stradey Park, Llanelli
Attendance: 1,497
Referee: David Pakieto New Zealand
Try: Harris (2),
Davies,
Cunningham,
Sterling
Con: Harris (2/5)
Try: Saleh (2),
Coorey
El Masri
Con: El Masri (3/4)

2000-11-05
Cook Islands  22 – 22  Lebanon Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 17,612
Referee: Bill Shrimpton New Zealand
Try: Berryman (2),
Toa,
Joe
Con: Berryman (2)
Piakura
Try: El Masri (2),
Touma,
Saleh
Con: El Masri (3/4)

2000-11-05
Wales  18 – 58  New Zealand Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Attendance: 17,612
Referee: Russell Smith England
Try: Briers,
Atcheson,
Farrell
Con: Harris (3/3)
Try: Vainikolo (3),
Barnett (2),
Lauitiiti,
Wiki,
Lauitiiti,
Vagana,
Paul,
Talau,
Carroll
Con: Paul (5)
Lavea (2)

Final standings

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
 New Zealand 3 3 0 0 206 28 +178 6
 Wales 3 2 0 1 80 86 -6 4
 Lebanon 3 0 1 2 44 110 -66 1
 Cook Islands 3 0 1 2 38 144 -106 1

Group 3

Results

2000-10-28
Papua New Guinea  23 – 20  France Charlety Stadium, Paris
Attendance: 7,498
Referee: Steve Ganson England
Try: Bai 53' (c)
Krewanty 56' (m)
Buko 70' (c)
Lam 75' (c)
Con: Buko (1/2)
Wilshere (2/2)
FG: Lam 77'
Try: Benausse 14' (c)
Dekkiche 27' (c)
Hechiche 46' (m),
Hechiche 80' (m)
Con: Banquet (2/4)

2000-10-28
Tonga  66 – 18  South Africa Charlety Stadium, Paris
Attendance: 7,498
Referee: Darren Hopewell New Zealand
Try: Vaikona 5' (c)
D. Mann 7' (c)
Vaikona 20' (c)
Liava'a ?' (m)
Masella ?' (m)
Moala ?' (m)
E. Mann 44' (m)
Vaikona 46' (m)
Lomi 51' (c)
Vaikona 55' (c)
Kaufusi ?' (?)
D. Mann ?' (?)
Mason ?' (?)
Con: Moala (4/9)
Mason (1/1)
Try: Breytenbach 17' (m)
Barnard ?' (c)
Best ?' (c)
Con: ? (0/1)
Bloem (2/2)
Pen: O'Shea (1/1)

2000-11-01
France  28 – 8  Tonga Stade d'Albert Domec, Carcassonne
Attendance: 10,288
Referee: Steve Clark Australia
Try: Banquet ?' (c)
Sirvent ?' (c)
Dulac 66' (m)
Garcia ?' (c)
Jampy ?' (c)
Con: Banquet (4/5)
Pen: Banquet (0/2)
Try: D. Fisi'iahi ?' (m)
P. Fisi'iahi 60' (m)
Con: Moala (0/2)

2000-11-02
Papua New Guinea  16 – 0  South Africa Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse
Attendance: 4,313
Referee: Darren Hopewell New Zealand
Try: Aila 25' (c)
Wilshere 31' (c)
Paiyo 52' (m)
Con: Wilshere (2/3)

2000-11-05
France  56 – 6  South Africa Stadium Municipal d'Albi, Albi
Attendance: 7,969
Referee: Steve Clark Australia
Try: Cassin 8' (c)
Banquet 21' (c)
Cassin 35' (c)
Guisset 38' (c)
Jampy ?' (c)
Jampy ?' (c)
Jampy 53' (c)
Sirvent ?' (c)
Tallec ?' (c)
Con: Banquet (9/9)
Pen: Banquet (1/1) 18'
Try: de Villiers ?' (m)
Con: ? (0/1)
Pen: Bloem (1/1) ?'

2000-11-06
Papua New Guinea  30 – 22  Tonga Stadium Municipal d'Albi, Perpignan
Attendance: 3,666
Referee: ?
Try: Mondo 19' (c)
Gene 23' (m)
Buko 35' (c)
Karl ?' (m)
Gene ?' (c)
Con: Wiltshere (3/5)
Pen: Wiltshere (2/2) 5', 42'
Try: Moala 10' (c)
Mason 39' (c)
Moala ?' (m)
Vaikona ?' (m)
Con: Moala (2/2)
Pen: Moala (1/1) 7'

Final standings

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
 Papua New Guinea 3 3 0 0 69 42 27 6
 France 3 2 0 1 104 37 67 4
 Tonga 3 1 0 2 96 76 20 2
 South Africa 3 0 0 3 24 138 -114 0

Group 4

Results

2000-10-28
Ireland  30–16  Samoa Windsor Park, Belfast[5]
Attendance: 3,207
Referee: Tim Mander Australia

2000-10-29
Scotland  16–17 Flag of Maori Aotearoa Māori Firhill Stadium, Glasgow
Attendance: 2,008
Referee: Stuart Cummings England

2000-11-01
Ireland  18–6  Scotland Tolka Park, Dublin
Attendance: 1,782
Referee: Russell Smith England

2000-11-01
Samoa  21–16 Flag of Maori Aotearoa Māori Derwent Park, Workington
Attendance: 4,107
Referee: Bill Harrigan Australia

2000-11-04
Ireland  30–16 Flag of Maori Aotearoa Māori Tolka Park, Dublin
Attendance: 3,164
Referee: Bill Harrigan Australia

2000-11-05
Scotland  12–20  Samoa Tynecastle Stadium, Edinburgh
Attendance: 1,579
Referee: David Pakieto New Zealand

Final standings

Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff Points
 Ireland 3 3 0 0 78 38 40 6
 Samoa 3 2 0 1 57 58 -1 4
Flag of Maori Aotearoa Māori 3 1 0 2 49 67 -18 2
 Scotland 3 0 0 3 34 55 -21 0

Quarter-Finals

2000-11-11
Australia  66–10  Samoa Vicarage Road, Watford
Attendance: 5,404
Referee: Stuart Cummings England

2000-11-11
England  26–16  Ireland Headingley, Leeds
Attendance: 15,405
Referee: Tim Mander Australia

2000-11-12
New Zealand  54–6  France The Jungle, Castleford
Attendance: 5,158
Referee: Bill Harrigan Australia

2000-11-12
Wales  22–8  Papua New Guinea Auto Quest Stadium, Widnes
Attendance: 5,211
Referee: David Pakieto New Zealand

Semi-Finals

2000-11-18
New Zealand  49–6  England Reebok Stadium, Bolton
Attendance: 16,032
Referee: Tim Mander Australia

2000-11-19
Australia  46–22  Wales McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield
Attendance: 8,114
Referee: Russell Smith England

Wales became the first team in twelve months to score more than two tries against Australia.[6]

Final

2000-11-25
Australia  40–12  New Zealand Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 44,329
Referee: Stuart Cummings England
Australia Australia Position New Zealand New Zealand
Darren Lockyer 1. FB Richie Barnett
Mat Rogers 2. WG Nigel Vagana
Adam MacDougall 3. CE Tonie Carroll
Matt Gidley 4. CE Willie Talau
Wendell Sailor 5. WG Lesley Vainikolo
Brad Fittler (c) 6. FE Henry Paul
Brett Kimmorley 7. HB Stacey Jones
Shane Webcke 8. PR Craig Smith
Andrew Johns 9. HK Richard Swain
Robbie Kearns 10. PR Quentin Pongia
Gorden Tallis 11. SR Matt Rua
Bryan Fletcher 12. SR Stephen Kearney (c)
Scott Hill 13. LF Ruben Wiki
Trent Barrett 14. Bench Robbie Paul
Nathan Hindmarsh 15. Bench Joe Vagana
Darren Britt 16. Bench Nathan Cayless
Jason Stevens 17. Bench Logan Swann
Chris Anderson Coach Frank Endacott

In a high-scoring final at Old Trafford, the Kangaroos overwhelmed the spirited challenge of their Trans-Tasman opponents, who had been tipped by some to cause an upset. Wendell Sailor put in a strong performance with two great tries and Mat Rogers had a near-perfect afternoon with the boot as the Australians ran out 40-12 winners and were crowned world champions for a sixth successive time.

Australia stepped on the gas from the kick-off, tearing into New Zealand at every opportunity. But the Kiwi defence stood firm, although they almost conceded after 22 minutes. Sailor looked to have scored the first try of the game after a burst down the right wing only for the video official to rule that Stephen Kearney had prevented the Brisbane Broncos player from grounding the ball. The look of disbelief on Sailor's face was there for everyone to see, but he clearly did not let the decision affect his game. Three minutes later, his grubber kick was pounced on by Matt Gidley, who beat Kearney to the touch down. Rogers, assuming the kicking duties in place of the injured Ryan Girdler, landed the conversion to open up a 6-0 lead. New Zealand had few opportunities to go on the offensive, although they finished the first half strongly. But it was the favourites Australia who looked in control and deservedly went into the break in front.

The start of the second half was held up by the appearance of a male streaker. When play finally got under way, the tackles were just as ferocious as ever, neither side giving an inch. However Australia gained the edge when Brad Fittler split the defence with a pass to Nathan Hindmarsh, who scored from close range, bringing the score to 10-0. Rogers converted to make it 12-0. New Zealand were not about to throw in the towel and hit back almost immediately. Lesley Vainikolo pounced on a loose ball to dive over on 49 minutes, although the decision was again made by the video referee. When Henry Paul landed the conversion, the deficit was back down to six points. Soon after, Australian Halfback, Brett Kimmorley, made a break down the right before feeding the ball inside to fullback Darren Lockyer, who crossed for another try[7]. Rogers' third successful kick made it 18-6 to the defending champions. However, the Kiwis quickly struck back when Tonie Carroll beat several Australian defenders to score. Henry Paul's conversion made it 18-12.

New Zealand then made several cruical errors and Australia were able to capitalise. Sailor grabbed two tries in the space of five minutes to take his tally for the tournament to 10. The first of them came on 63 minutes courtesy of a reverse pass from Gidley. Rogers missed the second of the two quick conversions. Skipper Fittler then breached the New Zealand defence on 73 minutes to score his first try of the final which was converted by Rogers. Substitute Trent Barrett then finished the scoring, with a try that was converted by Rogers.

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