Day 1 of the GP suggested that Ireland and France were far superior to the other teams. In the Quarters, however, Ireland needed extra-time to get through against Portugal, while France lost to England. Germany had been making steady progress under the radar and it was there they met Ireland in the final. There they ran into an Irish brick wall and were outclassed 49 - 7. Of special note was the brilliant kicking of Billy Dardis who put over conversions from all over the park and whose drop-outs ensured the ball came back on the Irish side every time. A lesson for Sweden and all the other teams as well.
In the Trophy, Romania got off on the wrong foot by losing to Luxemburg, while Lithuania looked as if they were in a classof their own. In the Quarters, Romania improved while a nonchalant Lithuania went out 14 - 12 to a delighted Latvia. This meant that Romania was already clear for the GP next year. They went from strength to strength and beat Belgium comfortably in the final.