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Last Updated: Monday, 3 September 2007, 10:02 GMT 11:02 UK
Moriarty: '87 was 'icing on cake'
Steffan Garrero of BBC Radio Wales' Back Page programme has spoken to the captains of Wales' last five World Cup squads.

We'll be featuring one a day all this week, starting with Richard Moriarty.

Richard Moriarty
Richard Moriarty in action for Wales

Wales were one of the 16 teams invited to play in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 which was held in Australia and New Zealand.

Richard Moriarty captained that side which finished third in the competition and hosts New Zealand were the first team to lift the William Webb Ellis Cup, beating France 29-9 in the final.

"When [coach] Clive Rowlands told me I was going to be captain, quite simply it was absolutely amazing, the feeling was one of such elation," said Moriarty.

"You talk of milestones and peaks in your career and to be named as captain for the World Cup squad was icing on cake.

"I look back at the guys I played with at that time and they are mainly forgotten players.

Steffan Garrero

"You look at the number of players who went on to further their careers, winning the Triple Crown the following year - others being major successes in rugby league terms - and it tells you there were a lot of very good players in that squad."

Wales faced Canada, Ireland and Tonga in Pool B and won all three games, 40-9, 13-6 and 29-16 respectively.

That put them through to the quarter-final where they came up against England which Moriarty said he "didn't fear". Wales won 16-3.

Next up was New Zealand in the semi-final who ran out 49-6 winners.

It was a 40 pointer but not the way you saw it
Richard Moriarty

"It was very evident and obvious before even the tournament started that the All Blacks were a very formidable squad and team," said Moriarty.

"They were something different to just about everyone else who was at that tournament.

"We considered ourselves as a group of people who were applying ourselves to the task ahead of us. It was clear the All Blacks were many streets ahead of us.

"The result all but says it all. They were a fantastic team, they gave us a thumping, and in doing so they taught us a number of lessons along the way."

Wales had the chance to make up for the loss against Australia for a third-place finish, which they accomplished with a 22-21 win.

"The thought of having the opportunity to go out and play Australia and put the record straight was motivation in itself," he added.


"One of the things that sticks with me was leading up to the game was when [Australia coach] Alan Jones proclaimed it was going to be a 40-pointer.

"I remember Clive Rowlands after the game went into the Australian changing room and Clive made his point to Alan saying 'you're right Alan, it was a 40 pointer but not the way you saw it'.

"We immediately got into the celebrations and got into a tremendous evening and night after the game."

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*The Back Page has a regular slot on Saturdays, 0830-0900 BST

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