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Wednesday 17 September 2014

The 30 greatest Rugby World Cup moments

Michael Jones' try for New Zealand against Italy in the inaugural match of the 1987 tournament will forever be remembered as the first try in a Rugby World Cup. Jones proved a star performer that year and also scored the first try of the first ever World Cup Final, helping the All Blacks to defeat France 29-9.
David Campese, ever opinionated, was so sure that Australia would beat England in the 2003 World Cup Final that he promised to walk down Oxford Street wearing a sandwich board declaring "I admit, the best team won!" if he was proved wrong. Campo's parade raised thousands of pounds for Great Ormond Street hospital.
Perhaps the most iconic moment in the history of the Rugby World Cup came just after the 1995 final between hosts South Africa and the hotly-tipped New Zealand. The euphoria which greeted the Springboks' 15-12 extra-time triumph over the All Blacks was only added to by Nelson Mandela's appearance to present 'Boks' captain Francois Pienaar with the William Webb Ellis Trophy. The image of Mandela wearing a Springbok rugby jersey, for so long a coveted emblem of white South Africa, helped to develop a sense of unity and an affinity for the 'rainbow nation' in the post-apartheid era. That day at Ellis Park, Johannesburg, was truly momentous.

As the 2011 Rugby World Cup begins, we celebrate the greatest moments in the history of the tournament.

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