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The 1987 Rugby World Cup was the first Rugby World Cup. The tournament was hosted by New Zealandmarker and Australia in 1987 and was won by New Zealand. Seven of the 16 places were automatically filled by the International Rugby Football Board members – New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and France – with South Africa unable to compete because of the international sports boycott due to apartheid. There was no qualification process to fill the remaining nine spots. Instead invitations were sent out to Argentina, Fiji, Italy, Canada, Romania, Tonga, Japan, Zimbabwe and the United States. This left Western Samoa controversially excluded, despite their better playing standard than some of the teams invited. The USSR were to be invited but they refused the invitation on political grounds, allegedly due to the continued IRB membership of South Africa.

On the whole the tournament witnessed fairly one-sided matches, the seven IRB members proving too strong for the other teams. Half of the 24 matches across the four pools saw one team score 40 or more points. It is therefore no surprise that five of the seven highest-scoring Rugby World Cup matches were witnessed during this tournament, a statistic that is echoed in the ‘most points by an individual’ and ‘most tries by a team’ statistics. New Zealand won the final against France at Eden Parkmarker in Auckland 29–9. The New Zealand team was captained by David Kirk, substituting for the injured Andy Dalton, and included such rugby greats as Sean Fitzpatrick, John Kirwan, Grant Fox and Michael Jones.

Stadiums

Australia

City Stadium Capacity
Brisbanemarker Ballymore Stadiummarker 24,000
Sydneymarker Concord Ovalmarker 20,000


New Zealand

City Stadium Capacity
Aucklandmarker Eden Parkmarker 45,472
Wellingtonmarker Athletic Parkmarker 39,000
Christchurchmarker Lancaster Parkmarker 36,500
Dunedinmarker Carisbrookmarker 35,000
Rotoruamarker Rotorua International Stadiummarker 35,000
Napiermarker McLean Parkmarker 30,000
Hamiltonmarker Rugby Park
Invercargillmarker Rugby Park Stadiummarker 17,000
Palmerston Northmarker Showgrounds Ovalmarker


Participating nations

Africa Americas Asia Europe Oceania


Format

The World Cup was contested by 16 different nations, in total, playing 32 matches over the duration of the tournament. There was no qualifying tournament to determine the participants, and instead the 16 nations were invited by the International Rugby Football Board to compete. The 16 nations were divided into four pools of four nations, with each nation playing their other pool opponents once, every nation playing three times during the group stages. Nations were awarded 2 points for a win, 1 for a draw and zero for a loss, the top two nations of every pool advanced to the quarter finals. The runners-up of each pool faced the winners of a different pool in the quarter finals. The winners moved on to the semi finals, with the winners then moving onto the final, and the losers of the semi finals contesting a third/fourth place play off.

Pool stage

Pool 1

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
3 3 0 0 108 41 6
3 2 0 1 100 32 4
3 1 0 2 39 99 2
3 0 0 3 48 123 0

















Pool 2

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
3 3 0 0 82 31 6
3 2 0 1 84 41 4
3 1 0 2 65 90 2
3 0 0 3 29 98 0

















Pool 3

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
3 3 0 0 190 34 6
3 1 0 2 56 101 2
3 1 0 2 49 90 2
3 1 0 2 40 110 2

















Pool 4

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
3 2 1 0 145 44 5
3 2 1 0 135 69 5
3 1 0 2 61 130 2
3 0 0 3 53 151 0

















Knock-out stage

Quarter-finals










Semi-finals




Third-place play-off

Final

Notes and references

  1. Waikato Stadium now stands on the ground's former site.


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