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Saturday, September 10, 2011

A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots: Part One Introduction




The first World Cup was held in 1987 and was co-hosted by the Australian & New Zealand Rugby Unions. Sixteen teams gathered to play the tournament in Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand was the first World Cup Rugby winners. In 1987 Rugby World Cup 1987 was broadcast to 17 countries and had a cumulative audience of 300 million people while the tournament finished with a net surplus of £1 million after accumulating gross commercial income of £3.3 million. From this modest beginning, each subsequent Rugby World Cup has been a roaring success suffice the Rugby World Cup is now the world’s third most popular and biggest sports event behind the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.
The second World Cup took place in the United Kingdom, Ireland and France in 1991, and 16 nations took part. Australia beat their rivals New Zealand to take the cup that year. The third World Cup was in 1995 and saw the return of Springboks to the world rugby stage. The competition was held in South Africa where the home Nation took the honours. Although Wales was the official host of the 1999 World Cup, matches were played in England, France, Ireland and Scotland. Twenty nations competed and Australia proved the greatest team in competition. Rugby World Cup 1999 was broadcast to over 150 countries reaching a cumulative audience of over 3 billion people while a net surplus of over £47 million was achieved. This surplus was far in excess of the total revenue generated by the three previous tournaments. In 2003 Australia paid host to the iRB World Cup 2003 . Ninety-two countries started out for the final and twenty visitors played out the championship. The world's media was transfixed on the final as Australia and England fought for supremacy. One man made the difference and that was Johnny “bootman” Wilkinson (England). Not a lot of Australian people knew Wilkinson's victorious feet were comfortably encased within kangaroo skin and a boot designed by an Australian - Craig Johnston. Johnston sold his idea for a boot to Adidas in 1990 and the rest as they say is history. Australia's predator was wearing Adidas Preditor Mania (TM) Boots.



In 2007, the sixth world cup was hosted by the French and 20 nations competed for the Webb Ellis Cup. South Africa was the eventual victors. Rugby World Cup 2011 was hosted by the New Zealanders and the All Blacks favourites to win defeated France 8–7 in the final. World Cup 2015 was hosted in England with the final to be held at at Twickengham Stadium .



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A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part One: Introduction
A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part Two: History of the Games
A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part Three: Rules of the Games
A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part Four: Rugby Boots
A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part Five: Studs or Cleats
A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part Six: Flower of Scotland
A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part Seven: How to choose rugby boots
A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Part Eight: The Haka
A potted history of the rugby world cup, the rules of the game and rugby boots Nine: Rugby Injuries

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