Australian sporting history was created in Wales in '99
The 90s, the golden period of Australian rugby. Two world cup victories, dominance over the All Blacks and future Hall of Famers donned the green and gold during this illustrious period.
The 1999 Rugby World Cup was the first that was played in the professional era of rugby union and spanned across five nations: Wales, England, Scotland, Ireland and France. It was the last World Cup of the 20th century and the last World Cup the Wallabies hoisted in victory. The team consisted of legends led by John Eales, supported by George Gregan, Matt Burke, Tim Horan, Stephen Larkham, Joe Roff and Toutai Kefu.
After defeating both Ireland and Wales in their own backyards, the Wallabies defeated South Africa in one of the greatest World Cup games of all time, sneaking past the reigning champions after extra time to book a place in the final. As Australian fans waited for All Blacks to join them it was the French who upstaged the Kiwis in a high scoring affair.
Millenium Stadium, Wales hosted the 1999 Final, accommodating over 70,000 screaming fans. Both teams were in their second final but it was only the Aussies who had experienced glory before. The Wallabies outclassed and outmatched Les Bleus in every department, steam rolling the French 35-12 in a one-sided affair.
The Class of 1999 etched themselves into Australian sporting folklore and will always be remembered as one of the greatest sides in world rugby and Australian sporting history.