New Zealand has participated in every Rugby World Cup since the first in 1987. New Zealand is the most successful team at the World Cup - they were champions in at the inaugural World Cup in 1987, and again in 2011 and 2015. They have hosted the World Cup twice: in 1987 and in 2011.
- New Zealand won the first-ever World Cup in 1987 , and again won in 2011 and 2015. They were runner's up in 1995.
- In 1987, the New Zealand captain was David Kirk, with the coach Brian Lochore.
- The most points that have ever been scored against a team at a World Cup is 145 by New Zealand in a match against Japan in 1995.