A cold, grey Monday at Athletic Park.

1987 – Group Stages

Ireland 6 – Wales 13

I was a ball boy at Athletic Park in the ’87 World Cup, including at the All Blacks vs Argentina pool game.

But, the match I remember most vividly was Wales vs Ireland. I’m behind the line out right at the start of this highlights reel.

This was the match which effectively decided the pool, with Canada and Tonga being the other two teams. The losing team was likely to face Australia in Sydney in the quarter finals.

Not bad for a cold grey Monday in Wellington…

I remember the crowds of fans from both sides, sitting on the lower Millard stand, and coming out onto the grass area between the stand and sideline to chant and wave their flags every time there was a score (there was absolutely no barrier in place, which seems remarkable compared to the security these days).

And, the Welsh rushing onto the field at full-time to celebrate the win.

The players were completely wrecked at the end, and it took them a long time to fight their way back to the tunnel and changing rooms under the old stand.

Contributed by Rowan Simpson

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