June 20

New Zealand's captain, David Kirk, lifts the trophy after winning the inaugural World Cup in 1987.

New Zealand’s captain, David Kirk, lifts the trophy after winning the inaugural World Cup in 1987.

Everyone may be caught up by the football World Cup at the moment…but on this day in 1987, the world’s very first Rugby World Cup Final took place, with New Zealand triumphing over France, 29-9.

The ‘All Blacks’ were the first team to lift the famous Webb Ellis Cup following a full 32-team tournament scoring 298 points whilst conceding an average of just under 8 per game.

The home nations and Ireland were also involved, with Wales out-performing the rest, falling to the All Blacks in the semi-finals but claiming 3rd place with a 22-21 win over Australia.

Scotland were knocked out by New Zealand in the quarters with Ireland falling at the same hurdle to Australia.

Other things that happened On This Day throughout history include:

  • The first ‘Glastonbury Fayre Festival’ was held, featuring David Bowie. (1971)
  • The film ‘The Blues Brothers’ first opened. (1980)
  • It was announced that Top of The Pops was to be cancelled. (2006)
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