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Rugby World Cup History

The 1987 Rugby World Cup was hosted by both Australia and New Zealand. 32 matches were played from over a period of May 22 to June 20. The tournament featured one African nation, three Americas nations, one Asian nation, seven European nations and four Oceanic nations. One notable omission was the Springboks who were not competing due to the international sports boycott.

Seven places were automatically filled by the IRFB members, with invitations being sent out to fill remaining places. In total there were 16 nations in the competition. France played Australia in the semi-finals and New Zealand, Wales. New Zealand became the first ever World Cup Champions, defeating France 29 points to 9 at Eden Park in Auckland.

Year Host Final venue Teams Qualifying participants Matches played Winner Runner-up
1987 Australia New Zealand Eden Park 16 Invitation 32 New Zealand France
1991 Britain France Ireland Twickenham 16 32 32 Australia England
1995 South Africa Ellis Park 16 52 32 South Africa New Zealand
1999 Wales Millennium Stadium 20 65 41 Australia France
2003 Australia Telstra Stadium 20 80 48 England Australia
2007 France Stade de France 20 91 48 South Africa England
2011 New Zealand Eden Park 20 - - - -


Rugby World Cup 2011 Fixtures

Rugby World Cup 2011 Fixtures
Date Time Team v Team Venue
Round Robin
Pool A
Sep 9 8:30 PM New Zealand - Tonga Auckland
Sep 10 6:00 PM Japan - France North Shore
Sep 14 5:00 PM Canada - Tonga Whangarei
Sep 16 8:00 PM New Zealand - Japan Hamilton
Sep 18 8:30 PM Canada - France Napier
Sep 21 7:30 PM Japan - Tonga Whangarei
Sep 24 8:30 PM New Zealand - France Auckland
Sep 27 5:00 PM Canada - Japan Napier
Oct 1 6:00 PM France - Tonga Wellington
Oct 2 3:30 PM New Zealand - Canada Wellington
Pool B
Sep 10 1:00 PM Scotland - Romania Invercargill
Sep 10 8:30 PM England - Argentina Dunedin
Sep 14 7:30 PM Scotland - Georgia Invercargill
Sep 17 3:30 PM Argentina - Romania Invercargill
Sep 18 6:00 PM England - Georgia Dunedin
Sep 24 6:00 PM England - Romania Dunedin
Sep 25 8:30 PM Scotland - Argentina Wellington
Sep 28 7:30 PM Romania - Georgia Palmerston North
Oct 1 8:30 PM England - Scotland Auckland
Oct 2 1:00 PM Argentina - Georgia Palmerston North
Pool D
Sep 10 3:30 PM Namibia - Fiji Rotorua
Sep 11 8:30 PM Wales - South Africa Wellington
Sep 14 2:30 PM Samoa - Namibia Rotorua
Sep 17 6:00 PM South Africa - Fiji Wellington
Sep 18 3:30 PM Wales - Samoa Hamilton
Sep 22 8:00 PM South Africa - Namibia North Shore
Sep 25 3:30 PM Samoa - Fiji Auckland
Sep 26 7:30 PM Wales - Namibia New Plymouth
Sep 30 8:30 PM South Africa - Samoa North Shore
Oct 2 6:00 PM Wales - Fiji Hamilton
Pool C
Sep 11 3:30 PM Italy - Australia Albany
Sep 11 6:00 PM Ireland - United States New Plymouth
Sep 15 7:30 PM United States - Russia New Plymouth
Sep 17 8:30 PM Ireland - Australia Auckland
Sep 20 7:30 PM Italy - Russia Nelson
Sep 23 8:30 PM United States - Australia Wellington
Sep 25 6:00 PM Ireland - Russia Rotorua
Sep 27 7:30 PM Italy - United States Nelson
Oct 1 3:30 PM Argentina - Russia Nelson
Oct 2 8:30 PM Ireland - Italy Dunedin
Oct 8 6:00 PM QF1: W Pool C v RU Pool D Wellington
Oct 8 8:30 PM QF2: W Pool B v RU Pool A Auckland
Oct 9 6:00 PM QF3: W Pool D v RU Pool C Wellington
Oct 9 8:30 PM QF4: W Pool A v RU Pool B Auckland
Oct 15 9:00 PM SF1: W QF1 v W QF2 Auckland
Oct 16 9:00 PM SF2: W QF3 v W QF4 Auckland
Bronze Final
Oct 21 8:30 PM L SF1 v L SF2 Auckland
Oct 23 9:00 PM W SF1 v W SF2 Auckland


Rare white kiwi hatched in NZ

A RARE white kiwi chick hatched at a New Zealand wildlife reserve will have a protected early life - unlike wild kiwis that face nonnative predators that are slowly wiping them out, an official said yesterday.

The chick, named Manukura or "Chiefly One" by local Maori, was born at Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Center on May 1, weighing about 250 grams, Department of Conservation area manager Chris Lester said. Lester said white kiwis are spotted in the wild about every three or four years, but the last one in captivity was released in 1915. The small, flightless birds are usually brown.

Manukura is being hand-reared in the reserve's new kiwi nursery, and will remain closely protected for at least the first year of his life, he said.

Once the bird is able to fend for itself, Lester said one alternative will be that it "remains in a predator-proof environment at the reserve ... or we will release him to take his chances."

Native to New Zealand, kiwis face potential extinction from a range of introduced predators that are also killing many other native bird species.

Rangitane o Wairarapa Maori tribal chief executive Jason Kerehi said the tribe's elders saw the white chick as a "tohu," or sign of new beginnings, and a "taonga," or treasure. "Every now and then something extraordinary comes along to remind you of how special life is," Kerehi said. "While we're celebrating all 14 kiwi hatched (at the reserve) this year, Manukura is a very special gift."

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