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During WWI many rugby players were taken to Europe ny their army to fight the war.
At the end of the war, with the armies still in Europe, sport, and rugby, restarted again with its activities.
In 1919 RFU, leader in world rugby at that time, organized a tournament dedicated to british empire armies, called King's Cup.
The invited teams were: Due to the very high technical level of the teams, this tournament is sometimes referred as the first unofficial world cup.

In the same period, the French were organizing the Inter-Allied Games, a multi sport event very similar to the Olympics, but open only to WWI winner nations.
The rugby tournament was played by:

Honours Roll

Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
1919N.Z.E.F. (1)Mother CountryTie breaker9-3
TeamTitlesRunners up
Mother Country01

Related trophies

Inter-Allied Games
Season:WinnersRunners upFormatResult
1919France (1)United StatesRound Robin 
TeamTitlesRunners up
United States01


www.tony-collins.org/rugbyreloaded/2015/6/2/the-1919-kings-cup-rugby-unions-first-world-cup - Article about the King's Cup.
www.armyrugby.org.au/sites/default/files/pdf//kick-off.pdf - History of the Australian Army rugby team.
archive.org/stream/cu31924014114353/cu31924014114353_djvu.txt - Book about the Inter-Allied Games.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_Army_rugby_team_of_1919 - Wikipedia page about New Zealand Army Rugby team in Europe in 1919.
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeux_interalli�s_de_rugby_�_XV - Wikipedia page about the rugby tournament at the Inter-Allied Games.