The first Rugby World Cup held outside of Europe was hosted in Edmonton, Canada and was reduced to a 12-team competition in an effort to increase the competitiveness and quality of the games.
There was a World Cup debut for South Africa, but the teams in the semi-finals looked quite familiar, with France, Canada, England and New Zealand all making it through.
New Zealand continued their dominance with victory in the final, although the match was very tight and it took some excellent tries late in the game to beat England 25-17.
"This was a fantastic final for people to watch, I'm just sorry we couldn't deliver." - Jo Yapp, England