World Cup History
The first Rugby World Cup was hosted by New Zealand and Australia, from 22nd May to 20th June 1987. New Zealand eventually won the competition 29 - 9, defeating France in the final at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand.
Prior to the 1987 World Cup, which involved 16 nations, there were several attempts to establish a rugby World Cup, dating back to the 1950's, however resistance within the rugby world delayed the inevitable. Ironically the pivotal vote in deciding to host the first World Cup came from South Africa, despite knowing that they would not part-take in the tournament due to the sporting boycott of South Africa during the Apartheid era.