The 8th Rugby World Cup saw New Zealand keep their crown. After a few unpredicted results at one point it was arguably anyone’s game. However, the All Blacks reigned supreme in the end. We decided to take a look at some of the spectacular moments in Rugby history that ran up to the commencement of 2015’s world cup.
To whet the appetite, here are three of the greatest moments in Rugby World Cup history.
Jonny Wilkinson’s Last-Gasp Winner
As reported in the Daily Mail, the England legend’s dramatic winning drop-goal against Australia in the 2003 final has been voted by fans as the greatest moment in the history of the World Cup. It is certainly hard to think of anything that could top it, unless you are Australian.
Jonah Lomu Destroys England
It would not be a true list of greatest World Cup moments if there was no mention of arguably the greatest rugby player of all time. In the 1995 tournament held in South Africa, England came up against a formidable New Zealand side in the semi-finals. Lomu, at the time just twenty years of age, ran riot, scoring a remarkable four tries.
Nelson Mandela Makes History
The 1995 tournament was notable for being the first major sporting event held in South Africa since the end of apartheid. In a truly fitting finale to a historic occasion, the host nation beat favourites New Zealand 15-12 in the final. The victorious team were presented with the Webb Ellis Trophy by President Nelson Mandela. The story was turned into a film, Invictus, in 2009.
There have, of course, been many other classic moments during the twenty-eight-year history of the Rugby World Cup. Who could ever forget the amazing comeback made by France in the 1999 semi-final against New Zealand, or the twenty-two tries scored by Australia in their 2003 match against Namibia? Any team can improve their rugby drills by watching the rugby training drill videos by sportsplan.net.