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1987 Rugby World Cup

David Kirk holds the trophy for the first time.

Participation of the inaugural Rugby World Cup was by invitation only. 16 Teams took part. 1995 World Cup winners, South Africa was not invited at first (politics) and then later an invitation was issued but in the interests of the common good and peace it was declined. 

From the start Australia were the favourites and the only other real contenders were New Zealand & France.  New Zealand was at the time, everyone thought still suffering from the turmoil of the 1986 Cavaliers tour to South Africa.    

The Star of the tournament was Michael Jones who was fast tough and  athleticism was amazing. The New Zealanders called him Ice-man. He was a player with a red hot passion for the game that was only superseded by his religious fervor which cost him many test caps and a place in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

Pool A

Pool B

Pool C

Pool D

Australia

Wales

New Zealand

France

England

Canada

Fiji

Scotland

USA

Tonga

Argentina

Romania

Japan

Ireland

Italy

Zimbabwe

 

Date 

Country v Country

Score

Venue

22 May 1987 

New Zealand v Italy

70-6

 Eden Park 

23 May 1987 

Australia v England

19-6

 Concord Oval

23 May 1987

France v Scotland

20-20

 Lancaster Park

23 May 1987

Romania v Zimbabwe

21-20

 Eden Park

24 May 1987 

Fiji v Argentina

28-9

 Rugby Park

24 May 1987 

Canada v Tonga

37-4

 McLean Park

24 May 1987 

USA v Japan

21-18

 Ballymore

25 May 1987 

Wales v Ireland

13-6

 Athletic Park

27 May 1987 

New Zealand v Fiji

74-13

 Lancaster Park

28 May 1987

Argentina v Italy

25-16

 Lancaster Park

28 May 1987

France v Romania

55-12

 Athletic Park

28 May 1987

Argentina v Italy

25-16

 Lancaster Park

29 May 1987 

Wales v Tonga

29-16

 Showgrounds Oval

30 May 1987

Scotland v Zimbabwe

60-12

 Athletic Park

30 May 1987

Ireland v Canada

46-19

 Carisbrook

30 May 1987

England v Japan

60-7

 Concord Oval

31 May 1987

Australia v USA

47-12

 Ballymore

31 May 1987

Italy v Fiji

18-15

 Carisbrook

01 June 1987

New Zealand v Argentina

46-15

 Athletic Park

02 June 1987

France v Zimbabwe

70-12

 Eden Park

02 June 1987

Scotland v Romania

55-28

 Carisbrook

03 June 1987

England v USA

34-6

 Concord Oval

03 June 1987

Australia v Japan

42-12

 Concord Oval

03 June 1987

Wales v Canada

40-9

 Homestead Stadium

03 June 1987

Ireland v Tonga

32-9

 Ballymore

New Zealand, Scotland , France , Fiji, Ireland, England , Australia & Wales qualify for the quarter finals.

Quarter Finals

Date 

Country v Country

Score

Venue

06 June 1987

New Zealand v Scotland

30-3

 Lancaster Park

07 June 1987

France v Fiji

31-16

 Eden Park

07 June 1987

Australia v Ireland

33-15

 Concord Oval

08 June 1987

Wales v England

16-3

 Ballymore

Semi Finals

Date 

Country v Country

Score

 Venue 

08 June 1987

France v Australia

30-24

 Concord Oval

08 June 1987

New Zealand v Wales

49-6

 Ballymore

Third Place play-off.

Wales v Australia - 22-21

Final

New Zealand v France - 29-9

Venue - Eden Park

New Zealand's Captain - David Kirk

New Zealand's Coach - Brian Lochore

Final Match Referee - Kerry Fitzgerald of Australia

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