In 1987, New Zealand hosted and won the first World Cup, defeating France 29-9 in the final. In six games, New Zealand surrendered only 52 points and scored 43 tries, defeating Italy, Fiji, Argentina, Scotland, Wales, and France. The All Blacks' dominance on home soil was such that they not only claimed their first World Cup but also four out of five possible victories.
New Zealand's Roger Tamou is the father of rugby union football. He invented a new type of pass that is used today in schoolboy games all over the world. This amazing feat was not enough to save him from being expelled by his school at the age of 17. But just like Steve Nash or Michael Jordan, Tamou was not about to let talent go to waste. He decided to use his skills to play professional football. The first club that showed an interest in him was London Highfield RUFC, who paid him £35 a week during the 1920s. However, it wasn't until the 1960s that the sport we know today as rugby union was formed by the unions that included players who wanted to keep their jobs after work. Today, Tamou's son Richard plays for Auckland UniFi FC and has been praised for his innovation and creativity. He has also become one of the most popular players with fans due to his involvement in the game for its benefit rather than self-interest.
France is the only team to have been in three finals without ever winning one, losing all three. The inaugural Rugby World Cup final was held in June 1987 in Auckland, New Zealand, between New Zealand and France. The hosts took the lead in the 14th minute, thanks to a drop goal by fly-half Grant Fox. But just before the half-hour mark, replacement forward Jean-Pierre Papin scored two quick-fire tries to give France a shock lead. New Zealand fought back in the second half, with fullback Dave Kirkcaldie scoring two penalties and wing David Kirkcaldy kicking a third to make it 13-10 to the French. However, two more Papin scores (including another try) saw France claim their first and only World Cup title.
The 2007 final was also won by New Zealand, this time against England, who had never lost before going into the match. But they went down 16-6 to the Black Stars, who were playing in their fourth final. This was also the first final to be decided by a penalty shoot-out. Both sides had four attempts at goal, with New Zealand's penalty kicks performed by Simon Micallef and England's by Stephen Myler. Micallef missed his attempt but Myler saved England's best kicker, Andrew Hore, from making it three misses.
France has been close several times, most notably in 1995 when they came within a single penalty kick of beating Australia.
In 1975, the inaugural men's world tournament was held. New Zealand has previously reached the World Cup semi-finals four times (1975, 1979, 1999, and 2007). The World Cup has been won by five different countries. Australia has the most victories, having won four times. New Zealand has the second most wins with three.
New Zealand has never won the Women's World Cup but has twice reached the final (1985, 1995). Canada has won the last two tournaments.
World Cup winners are determined by the winner of the final match between the two top ranked teams after they have finished their group stage games. If there is no winner at the end of the group stage, an additional round called the "play-off" is played to determine who qualifies for the next World Cup year. The play-offs have only been used once, in 1991, when USA defeated England 2-1 on penalties after both teams ended level on points after regulation time and all of their matches had ended in a draw.
The first World Cup was played over eight weeks from 30 June to 13 July 1975. It was won by Germany who qualified for the 1977 World Cup even though they were knocked out by France in the quarter-finals. West Germany won that tournament as well, making it two World Cups in a row won by West Germany.
New Zealand had played 1360 international matches as of March 10, 2021, winning 524, losing 611, tying 15, and drawing 166, with 44 matches ending in a draw. The ICC ranks the team first in Tests, first in ODIs, and third in T20Is. New Zealand has made two World Cup final appearances, in 2015 and 2019. It is the second-youngest country to reach the final after India, and it is only the third nation after England and Australia to do so twice.
In Test cricket, New Zealand's record is W12, L1, T3. Its match score of 1-1 is equal fourth highest behind South Africa, Australia, and England. In ODI cricket, New Zealand's record is W16, L6, T2. Its match score of 4-1 is second only to India's 5-0.
New Zealand won its first five matches in the 1975 Cricket World Cup before being defeated by England by an innings and 226 runs. This was followed by three more group stage defeats by India, Australia, and West Indies. However, under the leadership of captain Michael Vaughan, New Zealand reached its first World Cup final where it lost to Australia by one run. After this success, Vaughan led his team to another World Cup final but this time against England. However, England won this match too by eight wickets to claim its first title.
In February 2020, following the resignation of Kane Williamson as captain, Stephen Fleming was appointed as his replacement.
Auckland, New Zealand The Rugby World Cup is a rugby union international competition that began in 1987. It is held every four years and is contested by the men's national teams of the sport's governing organization, World Rugby. The inaugural final was won by New Zealand, who defeated France.
New Zealand has been dominant at this stage of the tournament, having won it five times out of six attempts. The only exception came in 2007 when England claimed their first world title after defeating Australia 34-6 in the final.
The most recent tournament was held in 2019 in Japan. Scotland and Japan had already been given places in the final before they lost to England and France respectively in their semi-finals. That meant that England went straight into an all-English final against Wales at Yokohama Stadium. This was its third consecutive World Cup final and you can see why many people have labeled them as "the team of the decade". They lost to Wales 16-15.
This means that New Zealand has now gone eight finals without defeat. Their last loss came at the hands of France in the 1999 Final. Since then they have become one of the most successful nations in international rugby with nine victories out of ten matches played against other top countries. Their only loss during this period came at the hands of England in 2001.