What Date did England win the Rugby World Cup?
When did England Win the Rugby World Cup? The 22nd of November 2003: This is the date England won the Rugby World Cup. It was a Saturday at Telstra Stadium in Sydney, Australia (the Wallabies) and the match would go on to secure its place as one of the most exciting in Rugby World Cup history and forever place heroes Jonny Wilkinson as one of the greatest fly halves and Martin Johnson as one of the greatest leaders in the rugby annals.
Australia certainly played their part, forcing the game into extra time with Elton Flatley’s unflappable goal kicking. He kicked a penalty goal right on fulltime to make the score 14 all. Fittingly, for a World Cup hosted by Australia, Two rugby league converts also added to the spice of the game, with Australian winger Lote Tuqiri and English fullback Jason Robinson each scoring a try. Tuqiri’s was in the 6th minute and Robinson in the 37th minute.
The Scoring and Time Breakdown when England won the Rugby World Cup: How It Happened
- Australian winger Lote Tuqiri scores a try in the 6th minute
- English fly half Jonny Wilkinson kicks a penalty in the 11th and 28th minute
- English fullback Jason Robinson scores a try in the 38th minute
- The two sides go into half time with the score 14-5, with England in the lead
- England would not score another point until extra time, when Wilkinson kicked a penalty in the 82nd minute.
- However, Australia, showing their tenacity and defying the odds spent the second half chipping away at the lead
- Australian fly half Elton Flatley kicks a penalty in the 47th, 61st and, most dramatically, in the 80th minute
- During extra time, Flatley matches Wilkinson’s penalty with his own, drawing the game
- Wilkinson, a left-footed kicker, makes history by kicking a dropgoal off his left foot and winning England their first ever World Cup.
Road to the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final
England entered the tournament as one of the favourites, having done the impossible and beaten all three Southern Hemisphere powerhouses in the year preceding the cup. With Clive Woodward at the helm, Martin Johnson leading from the front, Johnny Wilkinson playing maestro, grizzly experience throughout the team and the most dynamic backline England have ever fielded, the Cup was theirs for the taking. Australia, on the other hand, limed into their home tournament. They had suffered a record thrashing at the hands of the All Blacks in that year’s Australia Bledisloe match and their coach Eddie Jones was under immense pressure. They drew the All Blacks in the semi-final and were thus written off to go any further. However, in a result that is now forever etched in the memories of Australia and New Zealand fans, the Wallabies scored a dramatic and historic victory. It would take New Zealand fans nearly a decade to finally exorcise those demons, when the two teams met in the 2011 semi-final rematch.
While Australia went into the final as underdogs, they had proved themselves to be a team that would never back down and no one should have been surprised with how closely they forced the game.
What Else Happened on the date England won the Rugby World Cup?
When England won the Rugby World Cup, pre match entertainment opened the game. The most notable performances included Kate Ceberano’s rendition of True Colours and a choir performance of the World in Union, the tournament’s theme song.
Long Story Short, When did England win the Rugby World Cup?
22nd of November 2003, Australia time
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Wikipedia has a pretty good breakdown of the 2003 Rugby World Cup final, check it out here.