1987 Rugby World Cup

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1987 Rugby World Cup
Tournament details
Host nations  New Zealand
 Australia
Dates 22 May – 20 June 1987
No. of nations 16
Final positions
Champions Gold medal blank.svg  New Zealand
Runner-up Silver medal blank.svg  France
Third-place Bronze medal blank.svg  Wales
Tournament statistics
Matches played 32
Top scorer(s) New Zealand Grant Fox (126)
Most tries New Zealand Craig Green (6)
New Zealand John Kirwan (6)
1991

The 1987 Rugby World Cup was the first Rugby Union World Cup, taking place 33 years after the first Rugby League World Cup. New Zealand and Australia agreed to co-host the first ever tournament with New Zealand hosting seventeen pool stage matches, two quarter-finals and the final with Australia being the junior partner hosting seven pool matches, two quarter-finals, both semi-finals and the third place play-off. Satellite TV links were not well developed in the region at the time which meant European audiences were unable to see any of the games "live" on TV. The event was won for the very first time by co-hosts New Zealand who were seen at the time as the strong favourites.

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 IRFB membership of South Africa.[1]

On the whole the tournament witnessed fairly one-sided matches, the seven traditional IRFB members proved too strong for the other teams. Half of the 24 matches across the four pools saw one team score 40 or more points. Despite this only the ‘most points by an individual’ statistic is recorded against this tournament.[2] New Zealand won the final against France at Eden Park 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. The tournament was seen as a major success and proved that the event was here to stay and also led to many countries joining the International Rugby Football Board which in turn led the IRFB to become the true authority for the running of international rugby union.

Participating nations[edit]

There was no qualification for the inaugural World Cup so the tournament comprised the seven then-members of the IRFB, with the remaining nine places filled by teams invited by the IRFB.

IRFB Member Nations Invited Nations

Stadia[edit]

Australia[edit]

City Stadium Capacity
Brisbane Ballymore Stadium 24,000
Sydney Concord Oval 20,000

New Zealand[edit]

City Stadium Capacity
Auckland Eden Park 45,472
Wellington Athletic Park 39,000
Christchurch Lancaster Park 36,500
Dunedin Carisbrook 35,000
Rotorua Rotorua International Stadium 35,000
Napier McLean Park 30,000
Hamilton Rugby Park 30,000 [3]
Invercargill Rugby Park Stadium 17,000
Palmerston North Showgrounds Oval 20,000

Squads[edit]

Pools and format[edit]

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4

 Australia
 England
 Japan
 United States

 Canada
 Ireland
 Tonga
 Wales

 Argentina
 Fiji
 Italy
 New Zealand

 France
 Romania
 Scotland
 Zimbabwe

The inaugural World Cup was contested by 16 different nations. 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 simple 16 team pool/knock-out format was used with the sixteen nations 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.

Points System

The points system that was used in the pool stage was:

  • 2 points for a win
  • 1 point for a draw
  • 0 points for playing

A total of 32 matches (24 Pool Stage & 8 Knock-out) were played throughout the tournament over 29 days from Friday 22 May 1987 to Saturday 20 June 1987.

Pool stage[edit]

Pool 1[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 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
23 May 1987
Australia  19–6  England
Tries: Campese
Poidevin
Con: Lynagh
Pen: Lynagh (3)
Try: Harrison
Con: Webb
Concord Oval, Sydney
Attendance: 17,896
Referee: Keith Lawrence (New Zealand)

24 May 1987
Japan  18–21  United States
Tries: Taumoefolau (2)
Yoshinaga
Pen: Yoshinaga
Kutsuki
Tries: Nelson
Purcell
Lambert
Con: Nelson (3)
Pen: Nelson

30 May 1987
England  60–7  Japan
Tries: Harrison (3)
Underwood (2)
Salmon
Richards
Redman
Rees
Simms
Con: Webb (7)
Pen: Webb (2)
Try: Miyamoto
Pen: Matsuo
Concord Oval, Sydney
Attendance: 4,893
Referee: René Hourquet (France)

31 May 1987
Australia  47–12  United States
Tries: Leeds (2)
Penalty try
Campese
Smith
Slack
Papworth
Codey
Con: Lynagh (6)
Pen: Lynagh
Try: Nelson
Con: Nelson
Pen: Nelson
Drop: Horton
Ballymore, Brisbane
Attendance: 10,855
Referee: Brian Anderson (Scotland)

3 June 1987
England  34–6  United States
Tries: Winterbottom (2)
Harrison
Dooley
Con: Webb (3)
Pen: Webb (4)
Try: Purcell
Con: Nelson
Concord Oval, Sydney
Attendance: 8,785
Referee: Kerry Fitzgerald (Australia)

3 June 1987
Australia  42–23  Japan
Tries: Slack (2)
Burke (2)
Tuynman
Grigg
Hartill
Campese
Con: Lynagh (5)
Tries: Kutsuki (2)
Fujita
Con: Okidoi
Pen: Okidoi (2)
Drop: Okidoi
Concord Oval, Sydney
Attendance: 8,785
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

Pool 2[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 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
24 May 1987
Canada  37–4  Tonga
Tries: Palmer (2)
Vaesen (2)
Stuart
Frame
Penalty try
Con: Wyatt (2)
Gareth Rees
Pen: Rees
Try: Valu

25 May 1987
 Ireland 6–13  Wales
Pen: Kiernan (2) Try: Ring
Pen: Thorburn
Drop: Davies (2)

29 May 1987
Tonga  16–29  Wales
Tries: Fielea
Fifita
Con: Liava'a
Pen: Liava'a
Amone
Tries: Webbe (3)
Hadley
Con: Thorburn (2)
Pen: Thorburn (2)
Drop: Davies

30 May 1987
Canada  19–46  Ireland
Try: Cardinal
Pen: Rees (3)
Wyatt
Drop: Rees
Tries: Crossan (2)
Bradley
Spillane
Ringland
MacNeill
Con: Kiernan (5)
Pen: Kiernan (2)
Drop: Ward
Kiernan
Carisbrook, Dunedin
Referee: Fred Howard (England)

3 June 1987
Canada  9–40  Wales
Pen: Rees (3) Tries: Evans (4)
Devereux
Bowen
Hadley
Phillips
Con: Thorburn (4)

3 June 1987
 Ireland 32–9  Tonga
Tries: Mullin (3)
MacNeill (2)
Con: Ward (3)
Pen: Ward (2)
Pen: Amone (3)

Pool 3[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 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

Fiji qualified for the highest number of tries (Fiji 6, Italy 5, Argentina 4)


22 May 1987
New Zealand  70–6  Italy
Tries: Kirwan (2)
Kirk (2)
Green (2)
Penalty try
Jones
Taylor
McDowell
Stanley
Whetton
Con: Fox (8)
Pen: Fox (2)
Pen: Collodo
Drop: Collodo

24 May 1987
Argentina  9–28  Fiji
Try: Penalty try
Con: Porta
Pen: Porta
Tries: Gale
Naivilawasa
Nalaga
Savai
Con: Koroduadua (2)
Rokowailoa
Pen: Koroduadua (2)
Rugby Park, Hamilton
Referee: Jim Fleming (Scotland)

27 May 1987
New Zealand  74–13  Fiji
Tries: Gallagher (4)
Green (4)
Kirk
Kirwan
Penalty try
Whetton
Con: Fox (10)
Pen: Fox (2)
Try: Cama
Pen: Koroduadua (3)

28 May 1987
Argentina  25–16  Italy
Tries: Lanza
Gómez
Con: Porta
Pen:Porta (5)
Tries: Innocenti
Cuttitta
Con: Collodo
Pen: Collodo (2)

31 May 1987
Fiji  15–18  Italy
Try: Naivilawasa
Con: Koroduadua
Pen: Koroduadua (2)
Drop: Quro
Tries: Cuttitta
Cucchiella
Mascioletti
Pen: Collodo
Drop: Collodo

1 June 1987
New Zealand  46–15  Argentina
Tries: Kirk
Brooke
Stanley
Earl
Crowley
Whetton
Con: Fox (2)
Pen: Fox (6)
Try: Lanza
Con: Porta
Pen: Porta (3)

Pool 4[edit]

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 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
23 May 1987
Romania  21–20  Zimbabwe
Tries: Paraschiv
Toader
Hodorca
Pen: Alexandru (3)
Tries: Tsimba (2)
Neill
Con: Ferreira
Pen: Ferreira (2)

23 May 1987
France  20–20  Scotland
Tries: Sella
Berbizier
Blanco
Con: Blanco
Pen: Blanco (2)
Tries: White
Duncan
Pen: Hastings (4)
Lancaster Park, Christchurch
Referee: Fred Howard (England)

28 May 1987
France  55–12  Romania
Tries: Lagisquet (2)
Charvet (2)
Sella
Andrieu
Camberabero
Erbani
Laporte
Con: Laporte (8)
Pen: Laporte
Pen: Bezuscu (4)

30 May 1987
Scotland  60–21  Zimbabwe
Tries: Tait (2)
Tukalo (2)
Duncan (2)
Paxton (2)
Oliver
Hastings
Jeffrey
Con: Hastings (8)
Try: Buitendag
Con: Grobler
Pen: Grobler (5)

2 June 1987
Romania  28–55  Scotland
Tries: Murariu (2)
Toader
Con: Alexandru
Ion
Pen: Alexandru (3)
Ion
Tries: Jeffrey (3)
Tait (2)
Hastings (2)
Duncan
Tukalo
Con: Hastings (8)
Pen: Hastings

2 June 1987
France  70–12  Zimbabwe
Tries: Modin (3)
Camberabero (3)
Charvet (2)
Rodriguez (2)
Dubroca
Esteve
Laporte
Con: Camberabero (9)
Try: Kaulbach
Con: Grobler
Pen: Grobler (2)

Knock-out stage[edit]

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                   
6 June – Lancaster Park, Christchurch        
  New Zealand  30
14 June – Ballymore, Brisbane
  Scotland  3  
  New Zealand  49
8 June – Ballymore, Brisbane
    Wales  6  
  Wales  16
20 June – Eden Park, Auckland
  England  3  
  New Zealand  29
7 June – Eden Park, Auckland
    France  9
  France  31
13 June – Concord Oval, Sydney
  Fiji  16  
  France  30 Third place
7 June – Concord Oval, Sydney
    Australia  24  
  Australia  33   Wales  22
  Ireland  15     Australia  21
18 June – Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua

Quarter-finals[edit]

6 June 1987
New Zealand  30–3  Scotland
Tries: Whetton
Gallagher
Con: Fox (2)
Pen: Fox (6)
Pen: Hastings

7 June 1987
Australia  33–15  Ireland
Tries: Burke (2)
McIntyre
Smith
Con: Lynagh (4)
Pen: Lynagh (3)
Tries: MacNeill
Kiernan
Con: Kiernan (2)
Pen: Kiernan

7 June 1987
Fiji  16–31  France
Tries: Qoro
Damu
Con: Koroduadua
Pen: Koroduadua (2)
Tries: Rodriguez (2)
Lorieux
Lagisquet
Con: Laporte (3)
Pen: Laporte (2)
Drop: Laporte

8 June 1987
England  3–16  Wales
Pen: Webb Tries: Roberts
Jones
Devereux
Con: Thorburn (2)

Semi-finals[edit]

13 June 1987
Australia  24–30  France
Tries: Campese
Codey
Con: Lynagh (2)
Pen: Lynagh (3)
Drop: Lynagh
Report Tries: Lorieux
Sella
Lagisquet
Blanco
Con: Camberabero (4)
Pen: Camberabero (2)
Concord Oval, Sydney
Attendance: 17,768
Referee: Brian Anderson (Scotland)

14 June 1987
New Zealand  49–6  Wales
Tries: Kirwan (2)
Shelford (2)
Drake
Whetton
Stanley
Brooke-Cowden
Con: Fox (7)
Pen: Fox
Try: Devereux
Con: Thorburn
Ballymore, Brisbane
Attendance: 22,576
Referee: Kerry Fitzgerald (Australia)

Third-place play-off[edit]

18 June 1987
Australia  21–22  Wales
Tries: Burke
Grigg
Con: Lynagh (2)
Pen: Lynagh (2)
Drop: Lynagh
Report Tries: Roberts
Moriarty
Hadley
Con: Thorburn (2)
Pen: Thorburn (2)

Final[edit]

20 June 1987
New Zealand  29-9  France
Tries: Jones
Kirk
Kirwan
Con: Fox
Pen: Fox (4)
Drop: Fox
Report Try: Berbizier
Con: Camberabero
Pen: Camberabero

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Rugby World Cup Player Statistics". scrum.com. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Waikato Stadium now stands on the ground's former site.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Inaugural
Rugby World Cup
1987
New Zealand
Succeeded by
1991 Rugby
World Cup