Tri-Nations

2006 – Winners Australia

The 2006 Tri-nations tournament was held in Australia and New Zealand. Controversy erupted as Nathan Fien was determined to be ineligible to play for New Zealand. This resulted in a loss of two competition points that New Zealand gained from their win against Great Britain in Christchurch.

Great Britain then went on to beat Australia in Sydney 23-12, their first win in Australia since 1992, leaving the series wide open. However Great Britain went on to suffer heavy defeats in their last two games, leaving Australia and New Zealand to again contest the final.

Australia won 16-12, the game having gone to golden point extra time after finishing 12-12 after 80 minutes.

2006 Final

Date Match Venue Attendance
November 25 Aus 16-12 NZ (Golden Point: 12-12 after 80 mins) Aussie Stadium, Sydney 27,325

2006 Tri-Nations Table

Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
Australia 4 3 0 1 95 66 29 6
New Zealand 4 2 0 2 85 68 19 4
Great Britain 4 1 0 3 51 97 -46 2

2006 Group Matches

Date Match Venue Attendance
November 18 Aus 33-10 GB Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 44,358
November 11 NZ 34-4 GB Westpac Stadium, Wellington 16,401
November 4 Aus 12-23 GB Aussie Stadium, Sydney 24,953
October 28 NZ 18-14 GB Jade Stadium, Christchurch 17,005
October 21 Aus 20-15 NZ Telstra Dome, Melbourne 30,732
October 14 NZ 18-30 Aus Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland 20,000

2005 – Winners New Zealand

The 2005 Tri-Nations opened with games in both Australia and New Zealand, before moving to the United Kingdom for the remainder of the tournament. Although some of the matches were not as close as the previous tournament, all three teams were in contention for the final by the last group match.

New Zealand won the final, defeating Australia 24-0 at Elland Road in Leeds. This was Australia's first defeat in an international test series in 27 years.

2005 Final

Date Match Venue Attendance
November 26 Aus 0-26 NZ Elland Road, Leeds 26,534

2005 Tri-Nations Table

Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
Australia 4 3 0 1 102 84 18 6
New Zealand 4 2 0 2 118 120 -2 4
Great Britain 4 1 0 3 84 100 -16 2

2005 Group Matches

Date Match Venue Attendance
November 19 GB 14-26 NZ KC Stadium, Hull 25,150
November 12 GB 38-12 NZ Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield 19,232
November 5 Aus 20-6 GB JJB Stadium, Wigan 25,004
October 29 NZ 42-26 GB Loftus Road, London 15,568
October 21 Aus 28-26 NZ Ericsson Stadium, Auckland 15,400
October 15 NZ 38-28 Aus Telstra Stadium, Sydney 28,255

2004 – Winners Australia

With the exception of the first match between Australia and New Zealand, the 2004 Tri-Nations was held in the United Kingdom.

Each of the qualifying games was highly competitive, especially Great Britain’s 24-12 victory over world champions Australia, which took the Lions through to the final as group leaders.

Great Britain failed to live up to their pre final efforts and were soundly beaten by 44-4 in the final at Elland Road.

2004 Final

Date Match Venue Attendance
November 27 Aus 44-4 GB Elland Road, Leeds 39,120

2004 Tri-Nations Table

Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
Great Britain 4 3 0 1 80 60 20 6
Australia 4 2 1 1 72 60 12 5
New Zealand 4 0 1 3 64 95 -32 1

2004 Group Matches

Date Match Venue Attendance
November 20 GB 26-24 NZ KC Stadium, Hull 23,377
November 13 GB 24-12 Aus JJB Stadium, Wigan 25,004
November 6 GB 22-12 NZ Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield 20,372
October 30 Aus 12-8 GB City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester 38,572
October 23 Aus 32-12 NZ Loftus Road, London 16,725
October 16 NZ 16-16 Aus North Harbour Stadium, Auckland 19,118

1999 – Winners Australia

The first Tri-Nations tournament was held in 1999 in Australia and New Zealand. The Kiwis and the Kangaroos contested the first final in Auckland with Australia narrowly beating New Zealand 22-20 in the final.

Great Britain, the other nation in the inaugural tournament, failed to win a group game.

1999 Final

Date Match Venue Attendance
November 1 NZ 20-22 Aus Ericsson Stadium, Auckland 21,204

1999 Tri-Nations Table

Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
New Zealand 2 2 0 0 50 26 24 4
Australia 2 1 0 1 64 30 34 2
Great Britain 2 0 0 2 10 68 -58 0

1999 Group Matches

Date Match Venue Attendance
October 29 NZ 26-4 GB Ericsson Stadium, Auckland 14,040
October 22 Aus 42-6 GB Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 12,511
October 15 NZ 24-22 Aus Ericsson Stadium, Auckland 22,540