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The Wales national rugby union team represents Wales in the men's international rugby union. Its governing body, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU), was established in 1881, the same year that Wales played their first international against England. The team plays its home matches at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff (currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Principality Stadium), which replaced Cardiff Arms Park as the national stadium of Wales in 1999. Wales has also participated in every Rugby World Cup since the competition was established in 1987. Wales was the host nation for the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Wales also finished fourth at both the 2011 Rugby World Cup and the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The 1991 World Cup saw further frustration when Wales were upset by Samoa in their opening match. A second group-stage loss, by 38–3 to Australia, eliminated Wales from the tournament. Wales was not considered a major contender for the 1995 Rugby World Cup. At the 1995 World Cup, after comprehensively beating Japan, Wales lost to New Zealand; Wales lost 24–23 against Ireland and so failed to progress beyond the pool stage for the second time. Hosting the 1999 World Cup, Wales qualified for the quarter-finals for the first time since 1987 but lost 24–9 to eventual champions Australia. At the 2003 World Cup, Wales scored four tries in their 53–37 pool stage loss to New Zealand, before losing in the quarter-finals to the eventual tournament winners, England. Jenkins led Wales through the 2007 World Cup, where they failed to advance beyond the pool stage after losing their final game 38–34 to Fiji. At the 2011 World Cup, Wales reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1987 but lost 9–8 to France after captain Sam Warburton was sent off. Wales reached the quarter-finals of the 2015 World Cup at the expense of hosts England, before losing 23–19 to South Africa. In the 2019 World Cup Wales was in pool D with Australia, Fiji, Georgia, and Uruguay. They won all their group matches to finish top of the pool. After defeating France in the quarter-finals, they lost to the eventual tournament winners South Africa in the semi-finals.