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Little Book of Rugby Legends
Little Book of Rugby Legends
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Author: Paul Morgan

Little Book of Rugby Legends

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 128

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Rugby 2008
Historic Rugby
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Author: Barbara Stagg

Historic Rugby
 
Format: Softcover 
Pages: 127

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A Game for Hooligans: The History of Rugby Union
A Game for Hooligans: The History of Rugby Union
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Author: Huw Richards

A Game for Hooligans: The History of Rugby Union

Format: Softcover
Pages: 304

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1987 WORLD CUP
first winners - New Zealand

ABOUT THE TOURNAMENT

The Rugby World Cup was hosted jointly by New Zealand and Australia. Of the 16 nations, seven places were filled by the IRB members consisting of New Zealand, Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, France and Wales. South Africa was unable to compete because of the international sports boycott due to apartheid. Invitations were sent out to Argentina, Fiji, Italy, Canada, Romania, Tonga, Japan, Zimbabwe and the United States to participate so no qualification games were held.

On the whole the tournament witnessed fairly one-sided matches, the seven IRFB 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 Park in Auckland by 29 points to 9.

GENERAL

Host Nations New Zealand and Australia
Number of nations 16
Champions New Zealand
Runner-Up France
3rd Place Wales
4th Place Australia
Matches Played 32
Attendance 604,500 (18,750 per match)
Top Scorer Grant Fox (126)
Most Tries Craig Green (6), John Kirwan (6)
MEMORABLE PLAYERS POOL STAGES


David Kirk
Winning Captain

Pool 1
Team P W D L F A Points
Australia 3 3 0 0 108 41 6
England 3 2 0 1 100 32 4
United States 3 1 0 2 39 99 2
Japan 3 0 0 3 48 123 0
Australia 19 - 6 England
Japan 18 - 21 United States
England 60 - 7 Japan
Australia 47 - 12 United States
Australia 42 - 23 Japan
England 34 - 6 United States


Grant Fox
Highest Points Scorer

Pool 2
Team P W D L F A Points
Wales 3 3 0 0 82 31 6
Ireland 3 2 0 1 84 41 4
Canada 3 1 0 2 65 90 2
Tonga 3 0 0 3 29 98 0
Canada 37 - 4 Tonga
Ireland 6 - 13 Wales
Tonga 16 - 29 Wales
Canada 19 - 46 Ireland
Ireland 32 - 9 Tonga
Canada 9 - 40 Wales


John Kirwan
Top Try Scorer

Pool 3
Team P W D L F A Points
New Zealand 3 3 0 0 190 34 6
Fiji 3 1 0 2 56 101 2
Italy 3 1 0 2 40 110 2
Argentina 3 1 0 2 49 90 2
New Zealand 70 - 6 Italy
Argentina 9 - 28 Fiji
New Zealand 74 - 13 Fiji
Argentina 25 - 16 Italy
Fiji 15 - 18 Italy
New Zealand 46 - 15 Argentina


Craig Green
Top Try Scorer

Pool 4
Team P W D L F A Points
France 3 2 1 0 145 44 5
Scotland 3 2 1 0 135 69 5
Romania 3 1 0 2 61 130 2
Zimbabwe 3 0 0 3 53 151 0
France 20 - 20 Scotland
Romania 21 - 20 Zimbabwe
France 55 - 12 Romania
Scotland 60 - 21 Zimbabwe
Romania 28 - 55 Scotland
France 70 - 12 Zimbabwe
KNOCK-OUT STAGE
Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals
New Zealand 30 - 3 Scotland
Australia 33 - 15 Ireland
Fiji 16 - 31 France
England 3 - 16 Wales
Australia 24 - 30 France
New Zealand 49 - 6 Wales
Third-Place Play-off Final
Australia 21 - 22 Wales New Zealand 29 - 9 France




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