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Western Samoa were controversially left out of the tournament at the expense of other invitees despite their better standard of play, while the USSR boycotted the competition in protest against the IRFB's continued recognition of South Africa, despite apartheid.
Despite its one-sidedness, the inaugural tournament was deemed a success and paved the way for more teams signing up for IRFB membership, which in turn began the growth of the game beyond just traditional rugby-playing Commonwealth countries.