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World Cup

World Cup 1987

Overview
For this first edition there were no qualifiers. Teams were invited by IRFB, choosing the 7 IRFB members plus other 9 teams representing all the world.
The 16 teams were divided into 4 pools of 4 teams, the first 2 qualifying for quarter finals.

Stadia

Stadiums involved were:

Venue Round Date Match Score
New Zealand
Athletic Park, Wellington Group phase - Pool B 25/05/1987 Wales - Ireland 13-6
Group phase - Pool C 01/06/1987 New Zealand - Argentina 46-15
Group phase - Pool D 28/05/1987 France - Romania 55-12
30/05/1987 Scotland - Zimbabwe 60-21
Carlsbrook, Dunedin Group phase - Pool B 30/05/1987 Ireland - Canada 46-19
Group phase - Pool C 31/05/1987 Italy - Fiji 18-15
Group phase - Pool D 02/06/1987 Scotland - Romania 55-28
Eden Park, Auckland Group phase - Pool C 22/05/1987 New Zealand - Italy 70-6
Group phase - Pool D 23/05/1987 Romania - Zimbabwe 21-20
02/06/1987 France - Zimbabwe 70-12
Quarter finals 07/06/1987 France - Fiji 31-16
Final 20/06/1987 New Zealand - France 49-6
International Stadium, Rotorua Bronze final 18/06/1987 Wales - Australia 22-21
Lancaster Park, Christchurch Group phase - Pool C 27/05/1987 New Zealand - Fiji 74-13
28/05/1987 Argentina - Italy 25-16
Group phase - Pool D 23/05/1987 France - Scotland 20-20
Quarter finals 06/06/1987 New Zealand - Scotland 30-3
McLean Park, Napier Group phase - Pool B 24/05/1987 Canada - Tonga 37-4
Rugby Park, Hamilton Group phase - Pool B 24/05/1987 Fiji - Argentina 28-9
Rugby Park, Invercargill Group phase - Pool B 03/06/1987 Wales - Canada 40-9
Showgrounds Oval, Palmerston North Group phase - Pool B 29/05/1987 Wales - Tonga 29-16
Australia
Ballymore, Brisbane Group phase - Pool A 24/05/1987 United States - Japan 21-18
31/05/1987 Australia - United States 47-12
Group phase - Pool B 03/06/1987 Ireland - Tonga 32-9
Quarter finals 08/06/1987 Wales - England 16-3
Semifinals 14/06/1987 New Zealand - Wales 49-6
Concord Oval, Sydney Group phase - Pool A 23/05/1987 Australia - England 19-6
30/05/1987 England - Japan 60-7
03/06/1987 England - United States 34-6
Australia - Japan 42-23
Quarter finals 07/06/1987 Australia - Ireland 33-15
Semifinals 13/06/1987 Australia - France 24-30



Final results

Qualifiers
Africa
ZimbabweInvited nations
America
ArgentinaInvited nations
Canada
United States
Asia
JapanInvited nations
Europe
EnglandIRFB members
France
Ireland
Scotland
Wales
ItalyInvited nations
Romania
Oceania
AustraliaIRFB members
New Zealand
FijiInvited nations
Tonga

Group phase
Poule A
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Australia633001084167185Qualified to quarter finals
2England432011003268154
3United States231023999-60515
4Japan0300348123-75721

Matches
Group phase
23/05/1987Australia - England19-6
24/05/1987United States - Japan21-18
30/05/1987England - Japan60-7
31/05/1987Australia - United States47-12
03/06/1987Australia - Japan42-23
03/06/1987England - United States34-6

Poule B
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1Wales63300823151132Qualified to quarter finals
2Ireland43201844143112
3Canada231026590-25715
4Tonga030032998-69315

Matches
Group phase
24/05/1987Canada - Tonga37-4
25/05/1987Ireland - Wales6-13
29/05/1987Wales - Tonga29-16
30/05/1987Ireland - Canada46-19
03/06/1987Ireland - Tonga32-9
03/06/1987Wales - Canada40-9

Poule C
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1New Zealand6330019034156302Qualified to quarter finals
2Fiji2310256101-45616
3Italy2310240110-70515
4Argentina231024990-41412

Matches
Group phase
22/05/1987New Zealand - Italy70-6
24/05/1987Argentina - Fiji9-28
27/05/1987New Zealand - Fiji74-13
28/05/1987Argentina - Italy25-16
31/05/1987Fiji - Italy15-18
01/06/1987New Zealand - Argentina46-15

Poule D
Pos.TeamPtsPldWDLFADiffTFTA
1France5321014544101253Qualified to quarter finals
2Scotland532101356966227
3Romania2310261130-69621
4Zimbabwe0300353151-98527

Matches
Group phase
23/05/1987France - Scotland20-20
23/05/1987Romania - Zimbabwe21-20
28/05/1987France - Romania55-12
30/05/1987Scotland - Zimbabwe60-21
02/06/1987France - Zimbabwe70-12
02/06/1987Scotland - Romania55-28

Final phase
Quarter finalsSemifinalsFinal
New Zealand
6/6/1987 - 30-3New Zealand
6/14/1987 - 49-6
ScotlandNew Zealand
England6/20/1987 - 29-9
6/8/1987 - 3-16
Wales
WalesNew Zealand
Australia
6/7/1987 - 33-15Australia
6/13/1987 - 24-30
Ireland
FranceFrance
6/7/1987 - 31-16
France
Fiji
3rd place final
Australia
6/18/1987 - 21-22Wales
Wales