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Saturday, October 06, 2007

England vs Australia 2003 RWC Final

England vs Australia 2003 WC Final

With a couple of hours left before kick off in the Australia vs England Quarter Final of this years tournament, I've realised that there is one very important video that I still don't have in this extensive archive - the 2003 World Cup Final.

Four years ago England were a team that had been built up over a few seasons by their astute coach Sir Clive Woodward. In a leader they had the uncompromising Martin Johnson, and in a flyhalf they had the best player in the tournament - Jonny Wilkinson.

All the ingredients were right for a historical occasion, and with a mix of great play and tremendous courage, England lifted the trophy on that eventful day at the Telstra Stadium in Sydney.

Jason Robinson scored an absolute classic in the corner from a pinpoint pass from Wilkinson, and then right at the end of injury time, Jonny Wilkinson slotted a dropkick with his right foot (he's naturally left footed) to put England in the lead and allow captain Martin Johnson to lift the William Webb Ellis trophy for the first time in England's history.

So when the same two teams meet today at the Stade Velodrome in their crunch quarter final clash, the first game of the knockout stages, will England be able to repeat history and beat the Aussies? Or will the wily Wallabies get some revenge and send the World Champions packing.

With England not on top form in this years tournament, a betting man would say Australia will be too strong. England have suffered a lot of unfortunate injuries of late and Australia are looking strong as usual.

But, lets not forget that England do have World Cup winners in their side. Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Jason Robinson all know what it's like to taste victory on the big occasion. As does George Gregan for Australia of course.

Whatever the result, it's going to be a cracking match and could have a great bearing on the outcome of the tournament.

Mins: 3:12

Posted at 1:41 am | 32 comments

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Anonymous October 06, 2007 1:09 pm

I think it's Sir Clive Woodward, not Woodwood ;)

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Rugbydump Admin October 06, 2007 1:50 pm

True! I thought it looked strange when I wrote it! Updated it now, thanks. :)

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WOOOOOOOOOOOO October 06, 2007 2:43 pm

AAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA WOOOOOOOOW!!!!! fucking awesome game though by australia....(RWC 2007) well done guys!!!!

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Anonymous October 06, 2007 2:44 pm

Four more fucking years boys!

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Anonymous October 06, 2007 2:51 pm

England won, i just can't believe it... I'm quite happy, 'cause i'm French, and even if my team is out of the world cup (not yet actually, but i don't think a sec that we can win against the AB's), the northern hemisphere will be represented in the semi-finals.

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Anonymous October 06, 2007 3:12 pm

woah England, who would ever guessed that brilliant performance from thm..Well dne England!!

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Anonymous October 06, 2007 3:19 pm

australian forwards were dominated by the english forwards, smith, elsom, palu, sheperdson and moore did nothing

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Sea-Bass October 06, 2007 3:23 pm

They've done it again. Now they'll likely face the Black Terror next week, but Im not counting 'Le Blues' out yet, as I did with England. C'mon you bloody French, give the All Blacks one tough game and make them bleed for a victory!

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Anonymous October 06, 2007 3:37 pm

Nothing to expect from France, it will be a 50-3 victory for the AB's, France shows a completely different face since their victories against England before the WC...

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Anonymous October 06, 2007 3:40 pm

YEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous October 06, 2007 4:50 pm

WOOHOO SEEMS THAT HISTORY HAS REPEATED ITSELF TODAY 12-10 COME ON ENGLAND AGAINST THE ALL BLACKS ON FRANCE!!!

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Anonymous October 06, 2007 5:06 pm

Great game for english forwards...

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Anonymous October 06, 2007 8:30 pm

II remember that it was a great match I was so happy that day england took it but the match today wasnt as cracking as i thought it would be tobad...

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Anonymous October 06, 2007 8:47 pm

"Nothing to expect from France, it will be a 50-3 victory for the AB's, France shows a completely different face since their victories against England before the WC..." Marked his words.But then again... France 20 and New Zealand 18.What about THAT?! This World Cup is literally UNBELIEVABLE.Go Pumas!

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HAHA unlucky October 06, 2007 8:54 pm

HAHAHAHA to the comment above, i was just gonna comment on that guy, but you did it for me thanks!!!

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Anonymous October 06, 2007 11:14 pm

hahahahahhaha, see you later skippy

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C.U.L8R.SKIPPY October 07, 2007 12:28 am

LOLOL i was about to put that! from the car ads on itv lol. damn beaten to it.... much like the auzzies hahahahah cant contain how happy i am right now. so glad about the french aswell for once supporting les bleus! we all know they cant turn up two weeks in a row... its france!!

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mr. england October 07, 2007 12:31 am

to the rugbydump admin. any chance of a cid of todays wellington v southland game? awsome offloads shown by the replacement hooker and a few others too!

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Anonymous October 07, 2007 12:52 am

ngland won, i just can't believe it... I'm quite happy, 'cause i'm French, and even if my team is out of the world cup (not yet actually, but i don't think a sec that we can win against the AB's)

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Anonymous October 07, 2007 1:56 pm

To the comment above.....WHERE THE HELL HAVE YOU BEEN!?!?!?!? its not as if its one of the biggest upsets in the RWC!!!!

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Anonymous October 07, 2007 4:26 pm

sorry, i forgot to quote, its from a comment above:" Anonymous said... England won, i just can't believe it... I'm quite happy, 'cause i'm French, and even if my team is out of the world cup (not yet actually, but i don't think a sec that we can win against the AB's), the northern hemisphere will be represented in the semi-finals."

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Anonymous October 07, 2007 6:02 pm

ah right, sorry, i was just a bit shocked! it was such an awesome game, im not french but i have to say i was backing the french the whole way through that match, and Michelaks run....AWESOME!!!

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Cheyanqu October 08, 2007 12:33 am

it's not Sir Clive Woodward, it'sPrince Albert of Monaco...well, kinda...Then again, Francois Steyn looks like Napoleon Dynamite

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Cheyanqu October 08, 2007 12:35 am

I can't believe I was rooting for ENG... Wow, first time for everything...... or was i rooting against AUS?Anyways, hoping for an ARG-FRA final.

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Anonymous October 09, 2007 2:12 am

Another Four more years for our revenge against england. this worl cup has been full of surprises the 2 top team beaten against all oddsand with the way things argentina could win the cup...

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Anonymous October 09, 2007 8:22 pm

epic day!!

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Northy October 10, 2007 2:54 pm

Ever get the feeling you spoke to soon John O'Neil??? shove the trash talk up yer arse.

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Anonymous November 23, 2007 6:11 pm

that try of robinson is one of my favourites!!! absolutely love it! that was exciting final i have to say!!! im portuguese but i dont care i like those good teams like wallabies, 'boks, blaks, england, wales and hurricanes, stormers, and my favourite, the WASPS!!!

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Anonymous April 03, 2008 11:29 pm

rugby is the bes sport in the world

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Welshboy 101 August 19, 2008 5:25 pm

You cant deny England were far and away the best at that point, so how has what was such a talented rugby nation turned into an international joke? opinions please.

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