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Rugby News world cup preview issue, 1987


The 1987 Rugby World Cup preview edition of Rugby News (NZ)

The All Black with the number seven on his back is Jock Hobbs, a former captain of the team and now chairman of the New Zealand Rugby Union. He had actually retired by the time of the 1987 World Cup and was replaced at this position by Michael Jones (who scored the first try of the tournament).

The other All Black pictured is John Kirwan, who scored a famous try against Italy in the first game of the World Cup. He was passed the ball following the Italians' kick-off and ran more than 80 metres to score, side-stepping about half the Italian team as he did so. He also scored a crucial try, despite a hamstring injury, in the final against France.

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Rugby News world cup preview issue, 1987, URL:, (Manatū Taonga — Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated