There are astonishing, funny, or dramatic performances that were recorded during the Rugby World Cup. Here are some of them:
1. Tukudzwa Ngwenya ran past the world’s fastest runner (2007)
During a competition between South Africa and the USA, Tukudzwa managed to outrun Bryan Habana, thereby shocking everyone including Bryan himself. Though this move did not make the USA win, it was enough to be an unforgettable moment.
2. Jonah Lomu defeated the English defense with ease (1995)
Jonah Lomu, a New Zealander, managed to easily get through England’s defense, thereby scoring his first try.
3. France beat New Zealand (1999)
After the Jonah Lomu incident, everyone expected New Zealand to win the game, and this was the case for a while as New Zealand took the lead with a score of 24-10. But to everyone’s surprise, France gained momentum and scored 33 more points, thereby making them victorious with a score of 43-31.
4. Jonny Wilkinson taking the last-minute win (2003)
During the finals, there were only 20 seconds left when Jonny took a late kick, which allowed England to win for the first time in Rugby World Cup competitions.
5. Australia breaking record for the biggest margin in a rugby game (2003)
Australia was competing with Namibia, where they ruthlessly embarrassed them by scoring 142-0. Australia began scoring easily within the first minutes and would not stop until the end of the game.
6. Japan won for the first time in 24 years (2015)
It was during 4 minutes into overtime when Karne Hesketh won a try thereby bringing the score to 34-32. This was a shock to everyone since Japan had never won any rugby world cup in the last 24 years.