What this WC did have was a virtual absence of any surprises. Australia went through the group stage undefeated with eight wins from eight. Papua New Guinea at its second tournament was less effective and lost all eight matches it played. France beat PNG twice but lost all the other games. The Great Britain vs New Zealand contests were more even, with the victories shared one each.
Match attendances varied somewhat. Overall they were better than most previous tournaments, but disappointing in France where that nations deteriorating international record seemingly putting off the locals. The clashes between GB and Australia got the most spectators.
GB made the final due to a much better points scored differential. The final was held in Wembley Staduim and nearly 74,000 fans turned up. Despite Australia doing much better through the tournament, in the final it was an extremely close affair. Penalty goals were the only scoring for most of the match and with 12 minutes to play, GB lead 6-4. However, Australia scored the game's only try and that was enough to give them a 10-6 victory.
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|1989-92 FINAL : ENGLAND / WINNER : AUSTRALIA|