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Rugby Union World Cup

The premier international Rugby Union contest in the world, first held jointly in Australia and New Zealand in 1987 and now held ever four years. The prize is the "William Webb Ellis Trophy" named after the pupil of Rugby School credited, probably apocryphally, with the game's invention.


1987[?]Australia & New ZealandNew Zealand
1995[?]South AfricaSouth Africa

Nominally hosted by England and Wales, respectively, the 1991 and 1999 tournaments had games spread over Great Britain, Ireland and France.

The 2003 Cup was intended to be held jointly by Australia and New Zealand, but disagreements between the International Rugby Board[?] and the NZ Union, over sponsorship, advertising and ticketing, saw the competition relocated to Australia.

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