Saturday, November 6, 1999 Published at 14:40 GMT
Final played in carnival spirit
Jubilant Australian fans in Cardiff
The carnival atmosphere to the Rugby World Cup continued after the final whistle with an estimated 150,000 rugby fans celebrating in Cardiff.
The thousands who came to see Australia beat France filled the city's bars and restaurants, waving flags and scarves and offering renditions of Waltzing Matilda.
Those fans that could not get a ticket to the game, which were changing hands for £500, headed for venues with big screens to watch the match.
Roads leading into the Welsh capital were heavy with coaches and limousines ferrying in fans and celebrities to one of the top sporting events of the year.
Bars and restaurants in the city centre were overflowing with revellers soaking up the atmosphere.
Her Majesty the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prime Minister Tony Blair are among the guests of honour attending the final.
Mr Blair used the occasion to speak with the French President Jacques Chirac and French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin on the issue of the beef ban. The Irish Taioseach, Bertie Aherne, was also in Cardiff.
The city centre was cordoned off to traffic in a well rehearsed police exercise.
Spectators lucky enough to get a ticket for the final were treated to pre-match entertainment in the form of child singing star Charlotte Church, Shirley Bassey and Bryn Terfel, Michael Ball, Rolf Harris and Welsh superband The Stereophonics.