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Rugby Union World Cup

The Rugby World Cup is the premier international Rugby Union contest in the world, first held jointly in Australia and New Zealand in 1987 and now held every four years. The prize is the "William Webb Ellis Trophy" named after the pupil of Rugby School credited, probably apocryphally, with the game's invention.

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1 Tournaments
2 History
3 See Also
4 External Link


YearHostsWinnersCaptainCoachLosing FinalistScore
1987New Zealand & AustraliaNew ZealandDavid KirkBrian LochoreFrance29-9
1991EnglandAustraliaNick Farr-JonesBob DwyerEngland12-6
1995South AfricaSouth AfricaFrancois PienaarKitch ChristieNew Zealand15-12
1999WalesAustraliaJohn EalesRod MacqueenFrance35-12
2003AustraliaEnglandMartin JohnsonClive WoodwardAustralia20-17
2007 France


Rugby World Cup was originally thought up in late 1983, when the Australian Rugby Union and the New Zealand Rugby Football Union each independently wrote to the International Rugby Board seeking to conduct a World Cup tournament.

In 1985 the IRB approved for the inaugural Rugby World Cup to be jointly staged in Australia and New Zealand during May and June of 1987.

Nominally hosted by England and Wales, respectively, the 1991 and 1999 tournaments had games spread over Great Britain, Ireland and France.

The 1995 Cup, hosted and won by South Africa, will probably be most remembered for two moments--the emergence of Jonah Lomu as a rugby superstar, and the trophy presentation. In one of the most emotional moments in sports history, President Nelson Mandela wore a Springbok jersey and matching baseball cap when presenting the trophy to the team's Afrikaner captain Francois Pienaar. This was widely seen as a sign of reconciliation between South Africa's black and white communities.

The 2003 Cup was intended to be held jointly by Australia and New Zealand, but disagreements between the International Rugby Board and the NZ Union, over sponsorship, advertising and ticketing, saw the competition relocated to Australia.

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