Eric recollects previous cup win
In 1987 Eric Jackson was given the job of showcasing the Webb Ellis Cup around the Waikato after the All Blacks won against France and 24 years later he still has the photos to prove it.
When the Matamata Chronicle spoke to Mr Jackson last week, he had high hopes that the All Blacks would once again win against France in the finals at Eden Park on Sunday.
He was a member of the 1987 Rugby World Cup committee and in charge of the Waikato region.
Not only did he have the job of showcasing the trophy but he had to organise the match between Argentina and Fiji that was played in Hamilton.
‘‘My job was to find accommodation for the teams and 36 media people for a week while they were in Hamilton,’’ he said.
‘‘The whole thing was just such a brilliant experience.’’
Mr Jackson said they had started planning 18 months before the match and with minimal technology, it wasn’t all that easy.
‘‘We had to set up the whole game without the use of faxes or cell phones. All 36 media turned up at midnight before the game and we had to organise them all which was a bit of fun,’’ he said.
Although his work was voluntary, he scored himself a free ticket to the final in 87 and following the All Blacks’ outstanding win, Mr Jackson was invited to have dinner with the two teams. ‘‘We had dinner with the teams which was a highlight and then part of my job was to take the trophy around the Waikato for people to have a look at. It really was great fun.’’
After the tournament he received a personal letter of thanks from John KendallCarpenter, chairman of the Rugby World Cup Committee and a former England forward.
Mr Jackson has been keen on rugby most of his life and was on the Waikato Rugby Union for 24 years.
He said he had thoroughly enjoyed this year’s world cup which had many similarities to the 1987 cup and he was glad to see the nation come together and support the All Blacks once again.
‘‘I think this world cup has been even better than the 1987 one with New Zealand being behind every moment of it,’’ he said.
Memories: Eric Jackson with a photo of himself holding the Webb Ellis Cup in 1987 and a personal letter from the well-known John Kendall-Carpenter.