Rugby World Cup has provided some of the greatest moments in the history of rugby union. The presence of the greatest players competing for the ultimate prize in the sport means this is an inevitable result. So bearing this in mind we have scoured through the history of the tournament looking for our favorite moments that warrant the title of greatest ever. Fans who want to watch 2019 Rugby World Cup great moments can book Rugby World Cup Tickets online.
Japan Beating South Africa in 2015
We all love a good underdog story and this was one of the biggest shocks in all of the sport let alone in rugby union. Japan went toe to toe with the Springboks for the entire match and got them an unlikely victory thanks to Karne Hesketh’s last-minute try in the corner. This kicked off sheer pandemonium in the stands and every fan watching that wasn’t a South African was pumping the air with delight at the result.
Jonny Winning Drop-Goal in 2003
For only the second time in Rugby World Cup history, the final had gone to extra-time. England and Australia were tied largely through the kicking accuracy of Wilkinson and Elton Flatley. With time winding down Martin Johnson took the ball into contact one more time to set the stage for a drop goal.
Western Samoa Beating Wales in 1991
Playing at home the Welsh were expected to win easily over the island nation of Western Samoa. But the men in blue had different ideas as they emerged as 16-13 winners thanks to the boot of scrum-half Vaea. Many will point to the controversial try Western Samoa were awarded in the second half as the reason for the shock victory, but that downgrades how underrated the Samoans were on the day.
Jannie De Beer Kicks England Out in 1999
Executed correctly the drop-goal is one of the simplest ways of keeping the scoreboard ticking over in your favor England would recognize this in 2003 with the boot of Jonny Wilkinson see below. But before that, it was South African Jannie De Beer who illuminated how effective the tactic could be.
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