With the north/south rotation established, Wales got the chance to host but it was similar to 1991 in that England, France, Ireland and Scotland all got a slice of the pie too. As they had in '91, Australia emerged victorious in what was now a 20-team tournament, albeit with an unwieldy system of five groups of four teams. Proper short-sleeved shirts (rather than the old DIY cut-offs) were now in fashion, with larger contrasting panels appearing on a lot of shirts, which were allowed to have makers' logos again. Shorts numbers were mandated for the last time in what was the first World Cup of the professional era.
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