Wales were crowned Deaf Rugby World champions at Eden Park in Auckland on the 24th August 2002. Following a hard fought game against fellow finalists New Zealand, Wales emerged as champions with a 28-14 victory.
Both teams had performed well in the rounds, with New Zealand reaching the final of the inaugural tournament after a dramatic 23-16 win over Australia at Waitemata Park.
This was the first Deaf Rugby World Championship tournament, with Wales winning the right to host the second competition.
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