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  Rugby World Cup history
History of the World Cup
1987
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New Zealand were the first ever World Cup winners 1987
The first ever World Cup was held in New Zealand, and the home side were the 29-9 winners after a final against France.

Then the game was still an amateur sport, with some players having to go back to their normal jobs the day after the final.

New Zealand captain David Kirk, and two of the finest players ever to play rugby - flanker Michael Jones and winger John Kirwan - all scored tries for the All Blacks.


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