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Friday, November 06, 2009

Wallabies take on England - Twickenham 1984

Wallabies take on England - Twickenham 1984

Australia get the chance to replicate the heroics of 1984 this weekend, as they begin their Grand Slam of tour 2009 against England at Twickenham. Today we look back at the same fixture from that classic tour 25 years ago.

It was the last time that a Grand Slam tour was attempted by the Wallabies, and the first time it was achieved, with them starting the tour well with a 19-3 win over the English.

Wallaby flyhalf Michael Lynagh and England debutant Stuart Barnes exchanged, as well as missed, penalties throughout the match, but the first half ended 3-0 to the visitors. The brilliant Mark Ella then scored a great try for the Wallabies early in the second.

It was to be Ella's first try of the tour, but not the last, as he achieved the milestone of scoring in each Test.

Lynagh converted then scored a try of his own in the corner, before the Wallabies finished with an excellent team try that had Simon Poidevin over after a brilliant run by David Campese. The match ended 19-3 to the Wallabies, who were on their way to a historic end of year tour success.

Australia play England tomorrow at Twickenham, then travel to Croke Park to take on Ireland, followed by Scotland at Murrayfield, and finishing with Wales at the Millenium Stadium.
Over the next few weeks we'll feature highlights from all the other 1984 Grand Slam matches.



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Posted at 4:08 pm | 22 comments

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luxi November 06, 2009 3:53 pm

its the first time im first !! XD
whatever
i love the way the commentator goes "good pass" at 0:44-45, when underwood just throws the ball high into the air !!!

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Greiffel November 06, 2009 3:54 pm

Hah yeah I also found that pretty funny. The good old up and under pass.

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 3:59 pm

You can see the gap in basic skills between the two sides - some of the catches made by the Aussies are fantastic (catching the ball on the run off their shoe laces)

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 4:20 pm

Ah the amateur days. When the men where men and the children were scared.

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is it November 06, 2009 4:44 pm

Love their skinny legs lol, great pace by Campo as usual

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Sander November 06, 2009 6:01 pm

Had to laugh at the "good pass" comment!

I think this match was actually in 1994, not 1984.

Matthew Burke was a worldclass player, but not at the age of 11!
He was born in 1973!

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HN November 06, 2009 6:35 pm

The first scrum is class as well - no 'crouch touch pause engage'. What did they use back then? I know the touch is recent, but that looked like it was just engage.

Without slagging off props that I'm sure were better than I will ever be, those scrums looked very weak. A modern pack, even not an international one, with decent body positions, would destroy them.

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 6:44 pm

just shows how when the game turned professional the quality has changed from people giving crap passes or just making simple errors, shows what its done for the game.
to be honest rugby dump wasnt the best classic youv put up have bout england-wallabies 2003 world cup final THAT was a classic

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Canadian Content November 06, 2009 7:01 pm

Anon above you are a fool who does not appreciate the roots of our great game. I defy you to watch clips of Welsh rugby in the 1970's and not get excited. Sure the skills are not as polished and the athletes not as well prepared, but the passion is still there and I for one enjoy the reckless abandon with which they chuck around the ball. Alot more interesting than watching two teams tactically grind each other into the turf.

Here here Rugby dump my old friend.

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 7:15 pm

Ha Ha. England had one backline move...draw the man and pass to the end of the line. Hilarious!!!

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 7:18 pm

Sander...no this is 1984. what are you talking about Matt Burke for??

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Greiffel November 06, 2009 8:27 pm

Sander - it's definitely 1984. Not sure about the Burke reference. The Burke you're thinking of made his debut in 1993, so yeah, it wasn't him.

Maybe someone else knows.. I have no idea mate.

Hands by Ella were incredible. Old ball too.

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 8:45 pm

matt Burke made his debut against France in November 1993.

This game is from November 1984 at Twickers. The Aussies did not tour the UK in 1994. They toured in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1997

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 9:24 pm

There are two Matthew Burkes that played for Australia. One born in 1964 and the other born in 1973. The '64 Burke made his debut in this game.

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 10:27 pm

just throwing the ball with reckless abandon. the game has come so far in such a short time. brilliant to watch though. agree with the others the 'good pass' comment is a classic

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 10:30 pm

the handling and rucking was terrible!!
i think the players were faster back then though? due 2 being lighter?

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Anonymous November 06, 2009 10:30 pm

the handling and rucking was terrible!!
i think the players were faster back then though? due 2 being lighter?

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www.realrugby.com November 07, 2009 12:11 am

Agree with all the comments about the players' reckless abandon, the passion they played with and, of course, the "good pass" comment.

Gotta say that if Australia loses this weekend, it's even worse for them than it was in the Tri-Nations. It is in Twickenham, though, and England will be ready to go. However, Australia should probably win this game. Pretty astute analysis, I know....

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Siam November 07, 2009 2:12 am

I love these old clips...they just seem so more...energetic.

"Good pass", indeed. Maybe that's why England lost 19-3 that day? That was their "good" pass.

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Anonymous November 07, 2009 12:29 pm

Didn't realise that they did "Movember" back in 1984. Check out Stuart Barnes' tache at the beginning! Or I have I just forgetten how big his mole was before he had it removed?

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Anonymous November 07, 2009 3:07 pm

I'm with Canadian Content. Don't forget that alot of these guys were doctors, attorneys, etc. that trained in their spare time. They didn't need to start scrummaging from 8 inches away, or have someone hold them up in the air to "jump".

Rugby used to be pure, now it's about money and the bottom line. We lost a serious part of our identity and culture when the game went pro, fellas. Olympics are the same way.

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pop November 08, 2009 8:39 am

Old rugby *SHUDDER*

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