> Whether they end up World Champs in 99 or not, if the Wallabies start
> playing to their potential, and the Boks unleash a new creative style of
> rugby, and the French become more consistent, and the ABs continue in
> their current vein, then we are in for one hell of a World Cup in 2000. To
> all those who think that the ABs already have their name on the Webb Ellis
> trophy for 1999 - I can only say "we shall see".
In 87 the ABs hadn't been *** at all in the years leading up, and France
upset Australia to get to the Final; in 91 England upset France in the quarters
and Australia kicked NZ (although we should have seen that coming); and in 95
the Boks upset Australia in pool play, while the ABs were only about fourth or
You'd have to be a pretty rabid NZ supporter to start giving the 1999 trophy to
1997's most successful team.