Rugby World Cup 1987 - Winners New Zealand

The 1987 Rugby World Cup was the very first and the Rugby authorities hoped that they could emulate the success of the Football World Cup and Cricket World Cup.

The 1987 Rugby World Cup was staged down under and was an invitation only event and the teams that would be forcing the pace were naturally the Wallabies and the All Blacks. The Rugby World Cup was an opportunity for all to see the relative strength of the Southern Hemisphere teams against the Northern teams.

It was pretty apparent very early that the home teams were the ones to beat and France managed a big upset in the semis to knock out the hosts and this paved the way for an easy success for the All Blacks in the World Cup Final against the French, Wales were the surprise team of the tournament and reached the semis but suffered a big defeat against the eventual winners, New Zealand.