Rugby and the World Cup - The Wait of the Nation

1 hour
International Documentary Series

The All Blacks, the world's greatest rugby team. But when it comes to the World Cup, the worlds greatest underachievers, winning only once in seven attempts. We tell the story of the inaugural World Cup triumph on home soil in 1987, where the Men in Black healed the wounds of the disastrous Springbok Tour of 1981 and reunited Kiwis with their national game.

The programme will trace the influence of Polynesian players, showing how the cultural melting pot of New Zealand rugby has forged a new image for the game. We will look at what professionalism has done for garss-roots rugby, and show how, more than in any other country, the game remains an integral part of the nation's identity.

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