The Australian national rugby union team, known as the Wallabies, has played all eight Rugby World Cup tournaments. They are one of the three best performing teams, having won two tournaments, as has South Africa, only New Zealand has done better, winning three tournaments, Australia has hosted or co-hosted the tournament on two occasions – in 1987 and 2003. Games were hosted at the following stadiums - Most of the games were in New Zealand, but the semi-finals. The overall stadium capacity was reduced from the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales, the Suncorp Stadium was a new A$280 million venue designed specifically for rugby, and was opened just before the start of the 2003 World Cup. The Central Coast Stadium was also a newly built venue, aussie Stadium was one of two venues in Sydney that were used for football during the 2000 Olympic Games. The other venue in Sydney was the Telstra Stadium which was the centrepiece of the 2000 Olympic Games, formerly known as Stadium Australia, Telstra Stadium was built at a cost of over A$600 million and was the biggest stadium used in the 2003 World Cup. The only stadium with a retractable roof used was the Telstra Dome in Melbourne, Australia intended to bid for the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cups, but withdrew from the bidding. The bids were awarded to England and Japan respectively, davies, Gerald The History of the Rugby World Cup (Sanctuary Publishing Ltd, Farr-Jones, Nick. Story of the Rugby World Cup, Australian Post Corporation
Map of nations best results, excluding nations which unsuccessfully participated in qualifying tournaments.
The opening game at Telstra Stadium between Australia and Argentina in 2003.