The history of the productMATCH 1987
THE FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST WORLD RUGBY EVENT DID NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL 1987.
Opposition to its creation came from British rugby federations who feared it would put an end to amateurism. These fears proved to be correct as rugby union became professional in 1995. This first competition was held jointly in New Zealand and Australia. Only sixteen teams were invited. The first final in the history of the World Cup was held at the Eden Park in Auckland. The French are opposed to the New Zealanders. It is a one-way match. In front of 46 000 spectators, the French, after their sparkling victory over the Australian Wallabies one week earlier, are far less flamboyant on this decisive day. The final score is 29 to 9. David Kirk, captain of the All Blacks, is the first player to receive the William Webb Ellis Trophy.