England Vs Argentina: The Six Nations in a Rugby World Cup year

In November it will be 20 years since the England Rugby team became the only northern half team to lift the Webb Ellis Cup, becoming champions of the world as well as the best suit in Europe. To date, it is the only time the Five/Six Nations-Rugby World Cup double-up has ever been attained, despite the England Rugby team having had four efforts, France two and Scotland, Ireland, and Wales one each.

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England Vs Samoa: The Six Nations in a Rugby World Cup year
England Vs Argentina: The Six Nations in a Rugby World Cup year

Only with two European teams presently sitting at the top of the World Rugby Men’s Rankings powered by Capgemini in Ireland Rugby team and France Rugby team, and a strong set of scores in the July internationals and Autumn Nations Series, can the north attack back and add to that 2003 success? Coming just seven months out from Rugby World Cup 2023, this year’s Six Nations will surely take on extra importance in terms of squad selection and as a gauge of form, but it doesn’t always follow that way. We look at how previous Five/Six Nations champions in Rugby World Cup years have progressed at the next centrepiece tournament World Cup.

1987: France Rugby World Cup team fall just short

Coach Jacques Fouroux led the France Rugby World Cup team to their fourth Six Nations Grand Slam. Les Bleus didn’t always play to their best or with the style that Five Nations followers had become familiar with, but they were deserving winners and had the title in the bag with a round to spare. Reaching the final of the opening Rugby World Cup perhaps paired their hopes given their form leading into the tournament; though it proved to be a game too far and the All Blacks have topped world champions after a 29-9 win.

For most of the 1980s England Rugby World Cup was in disarray and 1987 was no exclusion. A bottom-of-the-table finish in the Five Nations was then followed by a tame quarter-final exit at the hands of Wales. Wales Rugby team, like the England Rugby team, only won a single Five Nations match that year but were the only team from the British Isles and Ireland Rugby team to make a real effect at RWC 1987, winning the bronze medal. Third place is still their best finish to date.

1991: England Rugby World Cup team and another near miss

England Rugby world cup team waved good riddance to the 1980s and were a side converted under the new axis of Geoff Cooke and Will Carling. Embracing a power-based game with Rob Andrew delivering a steady hand on the tiller at fly-half, England took their first Grand Slam since 1980.

With a home Rugby World Cup to look forward to, sureness was high that they could deliver the goods on two fronts; though a change of tactics in the Rugby World Cup final in 1991 proved their downfall and it was the Australia Rugby team who were obtainable with the Webb Ellis Cup by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Wales and Ireland Rugby teams were only spared the disgrace of finishing the Five Nations without a position to their name after sharing the points in a dour 21-21 draw in Cardiff.

Destitute of many of their star names following the migration north to Rugby League, Wales’ struggles in the Five Nations were paired at Rugby World Cup 1991 and they went to make the knockout stages. The defeat to debs Western Samoa ranks as one of the biggest shocks in the tournament’s history.

Ireland Rugby team, temporarily, came within a whisker of shocking Australia Rugby team and making the last four something that has always proved beyond them ever since only for Michael Lynagh to break their hearts in a rousing meeting at Lansdowne Road. A mediocre display in the Five Nations from Scotland gave no sign that they would reach the semi-finals for the first and only time at a Rugby World Cup.

England Vs Samoa: The Six Nations in a Rugby World Cup year
England Vs Argentina: The Six Nations in a Rugby World Cup year

1995: Lomu destroys England’s Rugby team hopes

Fears that the 1995 Five Nations would just be a sideshow to Rugby World Cup that June was cast aside as the England Rugby team swept all before them, and in some style. A third Grand Slam in five years was just a reward for their performances while Scotland earned to take the runners-up spot following their historic win over the France Rugby team in Paris.

Both squads would come unstuck at the hands of New Zealand, and Jonah Lomu in particular, at Rugby World Cup 1995, leaving individually at the semi-final and quarter-final stages. How steep was the fall from Wales, from champions to a whitewash only their second ever in 12 months? A change of head coach on the eve of the Rugby World Cup 1995 made no difference in South Africa either. Ireland at least made the quarterfinals, while France’s Rugby team fell to the hosts in the semi-finals. Worldwide Tickets and Hospitality offers Rugby World Cup tickets for the France Rugby World Cup 2023 at the best prices. Rugby fans can buy England Rugby World Cup Tickets at exclusively discounted prices.

1999: Home Unions ease in short supply

For all the world it seemed as though the England Rugby World Cup team would claim the last Five Nations title on offer before Italy’s entry into an expanded Championship. However, in a dramatic highlight to the tournament, Scott Gibbs’ bullocking run and try for Wales at Wembley rejected them and handed Scotland the honour as a substitute.

In truth, Rugby World Cup 1999 was mostly one to forget from a Home Unions’ viewpoint with England Rugby team, Scotland and Wales all falling in the quarterfinals. Ireland Rugby team, second-from-bottom with France Rugby team in the Five Nations, did not even get that far after being stunned by Argentina in the never-to-be-repeated quarter-final play-offs.

From winning just one match in the final Five Nations, the France Rugby team were a side that transformed come to Rugby World Cup, achieving the final following an incredible quarter-final comeback against the All Blacks. Again, Les Bleus had to be content with the bridesmaid’s role as the Australia Rugby team ended the decade as they began it, by lifting the Webb Ellis Cup.

2003: From Dublin to the greatest glory

Having gone so close in 1999 England Rugby team suffered two more Grand Slam near-misses in the first two years of the new Millennium and then came second to the all-conquering France Rugby team in 2002. By the time 2003 came around, Clive Woodward was under stress to deliver success and this time his squad did not fluff their lines.

Wins over France’s Rugby team, Wales, Italy, and Scotland meant, that for the fourth time in five years, England only had one obstacle in front of them Ireland away having fallen against Wales at Wembley in 1999, Scotland at Murrayfield in 2000 and Ireland in Dublin in 2001. Returning to Dublin, England was understandably cagey in the winner-takes-all match, but their second-half performance was one of the best halves of rugby produced in the history of the Championship.

Buoyed by that 42-6 victory and back-to-back wins against New Zealand and Australia in June, England were understandably pre-tournament favourites at Rugby World Cup 2003. While never really at their best as a team during the tournament, England’s formidable pack, the kicking of Jonny Wilkinson, and the wizardry of Jason Robinson helped them become history-makers, although Australia took them to extra time in the final before the deal was done.

After their humbling at home to England, Ireland’s fortunes nosedived, and they went from Six Nations runners-up to bringing up the rear at Rugby World Cup. All the Home Unions and France made the last eight but of all the performances, Ireland’s against Les Bleus was perhaps the most underwhelming.

England Vs Argentina: The Six Nations in a Rugby World Cup year
England Vs Argentina: The Six Nations in a Rugby World Cup year

2007: Pumas take down Les Bleus

Ireland was being tipped as favourites for the Grand Slam, having played well during the November tests with a stellar squad that had matured well together. However, despite having started strongly with a win against Wales, they crucially lost to France 20-17 in a historic encounter at Croke Park.

In what was a highly competitive Championship, France went on to lose to England and going into the final day as many as four teams still had a mathematical chance of getting their hands on the trophy. However, in beating Scotland 46-19, France had done just enough in their final fixture to pip Ireland to the title on a points difference.

Confidence was high that France could deliver more silverware at a home Rugby World Cup but while Les Bleus’ quarter-final win over New Zealand in Cardiff will live long in the memory, it was book-ended by shock defeats to Argentina in the tournament’s curtain-raiser and then in the bronze final. Ireland’s inability to match Six Nations form at a Rugby World Cup continued as they, like Wales who were victims of a shock pool defeat to Fiji failed to make the last eight.

England, who finished third in the Six Nations, managed to reach their third final despite a 36-0 defeat to South Africa in the pool phase. The two teams met again in the Stade de France showpiece and the Springboks came out on top, albeit by a much narrower 15-6 margin. Italy managed two wins in the Six Nations in 2007 for the first time since their introduction and that was reflected by a decent Rugby World Cup showing. An 18-16 defeat to Scotland saw them fall just short of making the knockout stages for the first time in history.

2011: Wales Rugby team go forth and then thrive

England won the Championship with four wins out of five but was well beaten in their final fixture away to Ireland, which proved to be a portent of things to come. Martin Johnson’s side never really got going at Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand and exited the tournament at the quarter-final stage after a limp display against France.

Six Nations runners-up France defied the odds having lost to Tonga in the pool phase to reach the final and pushed New Zealand all the way in losing 8-7. For Wales, a semi-final appearance at Rugby World Cup 2011 was a good return following a fourth-place finish in the Six Nations. Ireland missed out on the last four, again, after a 22-10 loss to Wales, while Scotland’s ever-present knockout record came to an end. It didn’t come as a massive surprise, though, after a Six Nations where they, along with Italy, won only one match.

2015: Same old story for the Ireland Rugby World Cup team

Following a remarkable final round of matches that brought a glut of tries, Ireland was crowned Six Nations champions on a points difference from England and Wales. With England becoming the first host nation to fail to make it out of their pool, the northern hemisphere’s chances rested on the rest of the Six Nations countries. And having successfully defended the trophy from the year before, Ireland was being talked up as a serious Rugby World Cup contender.

But having breezed through their pool to raise expectations further, Ireland’s interest in the tournament once again came to a premature end when they were heavily beaten in the quarterfinals by Argentina in Cardiff. Wales and Scotland suffered agonizingly close defeats to South Africa and Australia, respectively, while France came second-best to a rampant New Zealand. For the first time in Rugby World Cup history, none of the Six Nations teams had made the semi-finals.

2019: Wales Rugby team and England Rugby World Cup fall just short

England Vs Argentina: The Six Nations in a Rugby World Cup year
England Vs Argentina: The Six Nations in a Rugby World Cup year

With a campaign built on superb defence, Wales claimed their third Grand Slam in 11 years. Averaging just two tries per game, Wales never scored more than 26 points in any of their fixtures with the most resounding win of the lot 25-7 win against Ireland coming in the final round. It was a fitting way to mark Warren Gatland’s 50th Six Nations match in charge as Wales head coach and took their record-winning run to 14 matches. England came in second with three wins and a draw.

On the eve of the Rugby World Cup 2019, Wales briefly went to the top of the World Rugby Men’s Rankings powered by Capgemini only to be replaced by New Zealand and then Ireland and confidence were high that they could make their first final. To lose 19-16 in the semi-final, to eventual world champions South Africa, was no disgrace. For Ireland, another Rugby World Cup opportunity passed them by. A shock pool defeat to Japan gave them an unfavourable draw with New Zealand in the quarterfinals and when the All Blacks raced into a 22-0 lead, there was only ever going to be one winner. England’s breathtaking semi-final win over the All Blacks left them 80 minutes away from glory but like in the Six Nations, they came up just short.

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