Thursday 27 July 2017

New Zealand Wins Rugby World Cup Over Surprising France

New Zealand was hosting the Rugby World Cup and under immense pressure to win. The perennial powerhouse on the sport had not won at the RWC since the inaugural edition in 1987, when the All Blacks defeated France 29-9. Since then, New Zealand has been thwarted in each Rugby World Cup, until October 23 and the final in Auckland.

New Zealand Wins Rugby World Cup Over Surprising France

New Zealand won the RWC over a surprising France by just one point, 8-7. The close score had the nation on edge as they waited to see if their team would join South Africa and Australia as two-time champions. New Zealand and South Africa are the only nations to win it on home soil. The All Blacks have done it twice now, in 1987 and 2011. The Springboks won in South Africa in 1999.

The New Zealand win means the RWC is still dominated by the big players of the Southern Hemisphere, England in 2003 being the only exception. There is a power shift going on, however. Wales, Ireland, France, and even Russia and the United States could be contenders down the road.