Pathway of fame - First World Cup

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First World Cup

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The concept of a World Cup in an amateur sport had long been greeted with scepticism. The tournament’s inception was thanks to those, particularly from the southern hemisphere, who fought long and hard for it. The competition was staged jointly by New Zealand and Australia with 16 nations invited.

The first game took place at Eden Park, Auckland where the hosts beat Italy 70-6. They were back a month later with France as the opponents to decide the destiny of the Webb Ellis Cup. New Zealand, captained by David Kirk, won 29-9 in a match expertly refereed by Australian, Kerry Fitzgerald. Tries from Kirk, John Kirwan and Michael Jones were added to by Grant Fox’s four penalties, a conversion and a drop goal. For France, Pierre Berbizier scored a try with Didier Camberabero claiming a penalty and conversion.

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