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Rugby World Cup 1987

The first year of the Rugby World Cup was 1987 and hosting was shared by Australia and New Zealand. Sixteen countries competed and the event was won by New Zealand when they beat France 29-9 at Eden Park, Auckland.

The final, played in bright sunshine at Eden Park in Auckland on June 20 in front of 46,000 spectators, was refereed by Kerry Fitzgerald of Australia and won by New Zealand 29-9. Michael Jones, David Kirk and Kirwan scored tries, with Grant Fox kicking one conversion, four penalties and a drop goal for the Blacks. While for France, Didier Camberabero kicked a penalty and converted Pierre Berbizier’s try. The victory meant that scrum-half Kirk, captaining the side in hooker Andy Dalton’s injury-enforced absence, lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy for New Zealand for the first, and, so far, only time.

To say that New Zealand dominated this tournament would be an understatement. This All Black outfit was one of the greatest of all time, stuffed with legendary names such as Kirk, Shelford, Fox, Sean Fitzpatrick and Joe Stanley. This side, famed for its devastating rucking and ruthless finishing, also featured two of the greatest-ever players in their positions, both at the height of their powers. Jones at openside flanker, and Kirwan on the right wing were simply brilliant. The big, crew-cutted winger just shades player of the tournament, thanks to his six tries and the try of the tournament, his 90-yard,stepping and swerving solo effort where he seemingly beat the entire Italian team.

The 1987 Rugby World Cup kicked off on the 22nd May with the All Blacks facing Italy on a sunny weekday afternoon in Auckland. John Kirwan scythed through the entire Azzurri defence and ran 90 metres to score a brilliant try as the New Zealand side ran out winners 70-6.

That match would set the tone for the tournament as a superbly balanced New Zealand side, blessed with a fine mix of youth and experience, an astute coaching team of Brian Lochore, Alex Wyllie and John Hart and home advantage – except bizarrely enough – for a semi-final played against Wales at Ballymore in Brisbane – swept all before them.

The men from the shaky isles were never stretched – the 15 points scored by a Hugo Porta-led Argentina was the most they would concede in the tournament. Even the final was a relative coast, as they cleared out to beat the French by 29-9.
It was a tournament played in innocent times – tacked on to the end of the Northern Hemisphere season and plonked at the beginning of the Oceania winter.

Twenty years on the names from that competition still glisten as it truly was a time of heroes in rugby. The French Musketeers of Serge Blanco, Denis Charvet, Patrice Lagisquet and Phillipe Sella, the elusive David Campese and Brett Papworth wearing the yellow of Australia, the mercurial Johnathan Davies (has their been a skinnier man in international rugby?) and fellow future league convert John Deveraux represented Wales, while John Jeffrey and Finlay Calder were Scottish bravehearts. England had glorious ‘names’ such as Peter Winterbottam and Rory Underwood.

Hugo Porta, undoubtedly the best player to ever come out of South America, had his farewell on the international stage, just as future legends Kirwan, Michael Lynagh, Matt Burke and Zinzan Brooke were introduced to the global rugby public.

France was the pick of the Northern Hemisphere sides. They played with passion and fervour and flair and were involved in the two best games of the tournament. First a thrilling 20-20 draw against Scotland in the group stages then a pulsating semi-final where Serge Blanco broke Australian hearts with a last minute try in the deep dusk at Concord Oval in Sydney.

The schedule for the games to be played during the 2011 rugby World Cup in New Zealand can be found below.

Date Time (NZ) No Pool Match details Location Stadium
Fri Sept 9 20:30 1 A New Zealand v Tonga Auckland Eden Park
Sat Sep 10 13:00 2 B Scotland v Romania Invercargill Rugby Park Stadium
Sat Sep 10 15:30 3 D Fiji v Namibia Rotorua Rotorua International Stadium
Sat Sep 10 18:00 4 A France v Japan Auckland North Harbour Stadium
Sat Sep 10 20:30 5 B Argentina v England Christchurch Stadium Christchurch
Sun Sep 11 15:30 6 C Australia v Italy Christchurch Stadium Christchurch
Sun Sep 11 18:00 7 C Ireland v USA New Plymouth Stadium Taranaki
Sun Sep 11 20:30 8 D South Africa v Wales Wellington Wellington Regional Stadium
Wed Sep 14 14:30 9 D Samoa v Namibia Rotorua Rotorua International Stadium
Wed Sep 14 17:00 10 A Tonga v Canada Whangarei Northland Events Centre
Wed Sep 14 19:30 11 B Scotland v Georgia Dunedin Carisbrook
Thurs Sep 15 19:30 12 C Russia v USA New Plymouth Stadium Taranaki
Fri Sep 16 20:00 13 A New Zealand v Japan Hamilton Waikato Stadium
Sat Sep 17 15:30 14 B Argentina v Romania Invercargill Rugby Park Stadium
Sat Sep 17 18:00 15 D South Africa v Fiji Wellington Wellington Regional Stadium
Sat Sep 17 20:30 16 C Australia v Ireland Auckland Eden Park
Sun Sep 18 15:30 17 D Wales v Samoa Hamilton Waikato Stadium
Sun Sep 18 18:00 18 B England v Georgia Christchurch Stadium Christchurch
Sun Sep 18 20:30 19 A France v Canada Napier McLean Park
Tues Sep 20 19:30 20 C Italy v Russia Nelson Trafalgar Park
Wed Sep 21 19:30 21 A Tonga v Japan Whangarei Northland Events Centre
Thurs Sep 22 20:00 22 D South Africa v Namibia Auckland North Harbour Stadium
Fri Sep 23 20:30 23 C Australia v USA Wellington Wellington Regional Stadium
Sat Sep 24 18:00 24 B England v Romania Dunedin Carisbrook
Sat Sep 24 20:30 25 A New Zealand v France Auckland Eden Park
Sun Sep 25 15:30 26 D Fiji v Samoa Auckland Eden Park
Sun Sep 25 18:00 27 C Ireland v Russia Rotorua Rotorua International Stadium
Sun Sep 25 20:30 28 B Argentina v Scotland Christchurch Stadium Christchurch
Mon Sep 26 19:30 29 D Wales v Namibia New Plymouth Stadium Taranaki
Tues Sep 27 17:00 30 A Canada v Japan Napier McLean Park
Tues Sep 27 19:30 31 C Italy v USA Nelson Trafalgar Park
Wed Sep 28 19:30 32 B Georgia v Romania Palmerston North Arena Manawatu
Fri Sep 30 20:30 33 D South Africa v Samoa Auckland North Harbour Stadium
Sat Oct 1 15:30 34 C Australia v Russia Christchurch Stadium Christchurch
Sat Oct 1 18:00 35 A France v Tonga Wellington Wellington Regional Stadium
Sat Oct 1 20:30 36 B England v Scotland Auckland Eden Park
Sun Oct 2 13:00 37 B Argentina v Georgia Palmerston North Arena Manawatu
Sun Oct 2 15:30 38 A New Zealand v Canada Wellington Wellington Regional Stadium
Sun Oct 2 18:00 39 D Wales v Fiji Hamilton Waikato Stadium
Sun Oct 2 20:30 40 C Ireland v Italy Dunedin Carisbrook
Sat Oct 8 18:00 41 QF1: W Pool C v RU Pool D Wellington Wellington Regional Stadium
Sat Oct 8 20:30 42 QF2: W Pool B v RU Pool A Christchurch Stadium Christchurch
Sun Oct 9 18:00 43 QF3: W Pool D v RU Pool C Wellington Wellington Regional Stadium
Sun Oct 9 20:30 44 QF4: W Pool A v RU Pool B Christchurch Stadium Christchurch
Sat Oct 15 21:00 45 SF1: W QF1 v W QF2 Auckland Eden Park
Sun Oct 16 21:00 46 SF2: W QF3 v W QF4 Auckland Eden Park
Fri Oct 21 20:30 47 Bronze Final Auckland Eden Park
Sun Oct 23 21:00 48 Final Auckland Eden Park

New Zealand 2011 Pool Assignments

The next Rugby World Cup will be held throughout New Zealand. The teams have been selected and pools assigned.
 

Rugby World Cup 2011 Pool A
New Zealand
France
Tonga
Canada
Japan
Argentina
England
Scotland
Georgia
Romania
Rugby World Cup 2011 Pool C
Australia
Ireland
Italy
Russia
USA
Pool D Rugby World Cup 2011
South Africa
Wales
Fiji
Samoa
Namibia

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