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Rugby World Cup: All-Time Greatest Tries

Rugby World Cup: All-Time Greatest Tries

With no rugby on the go at the minute, and thus no rugby betting, we've decided to delve into the annuals and pull up the greatest Rugby World Cup tries.

While it's hard for everyone around the globe to take their minds off the crisis we are currently facing, it's always good to take a break and from the doom and gloom and just switch off and enjoy some moments of sporting magic. We've got you covered this week with our 12 all-time greatest Rugby World Cup tries.

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Kirwin's Killer Feet
Year: 1987

We've gone way back in time for this one, all the way to the inaugural Rugby World Cup in fact. Tournament hosts New Zealand would go onto the first of their three World Cups at this tournament, with former Blues coach and New Zealand rugby pundit, John Kirwin being one of the star players for the All Blacks.

Kirwin was a devastating winger with magic feet. He showed those attributes during his side's pool clash with the Italians, taking a kick-off and running in a scintillating 80-metre try.



Blanco Brilliance
Year: 1987

Arguably France's greatest ever player, Blanco epitomized French flair and was a force to be reckoned with at the inaugural Rugby World Cup.

While there are a multitude of handling errors in this one, it's still a great team try which sees the French icon round it off in the corner.



Campese Magic
Year: 1991
David Campese is a rather controversial character who has often landed himself in hot water with his off the cuff remarks. Love him or hate him, there's no doubting Campese's insane ability to produce a moment of magic out of nowhere. He did just this with that legendary pass to Tim Horan against New Zealand back in 1991.

While we see these sorts of passes all the time in modern rugby, it must be remembered that players weren't doing these sorts of things back then.



Catt's Recurring Nightmare
Year: 1995

Is there a more iconic on-field Rugby World Cup moment than this one? Not a chance. Jonah Lomu burst onto the scene back 1995 where he tore opposition sides apart with his bulldozing runs.

While he had already bagged a couple of tries before New Zealand's semi-final date with England - he scored two tries against Ireland in the pool phase and another against Scotland in the quarter-finals - he really got the attention of all in sundry with his four-try haul in that game.

The pick of his four tries was the powerful run that saw him trample over English back Mike Catt, a moment that the Englishman will likely never live down.



Little Dominici Sparks Revival
Year: 1999
This is one of my favourite rugby games. Having trailed by 14 points just after half-time during their semi-final clash with tournament favourites New Zealand, the French managed to pull off one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history, with winger Christian Dominici playing a starring role.

The little man had set up France's only first-half try, and then after two drop goals and a penalty from fly-half Christophe Laimizon, Dominici plucked a box kick out of the air and went in unopposed to put France in the lead and his side on their way to a second World Cup final appearance. Just listen to the French commentators going berserk in the clip below.



Finnegan Finds the Line
Year: 1999
This is one straight out the vault of George Gregan magical moments. The little drift line the diminutive Australian scrum-half runs here is an absolutely beautiful sight while the reverse inside ball is also a thing of beauty.

The try is made all the better considering that juggernaut loose forward, Owen Finnegan, looks absolutely lost when he gets five metres from the try line.

Click here to see Finnegan's try

All Hail King Carlos
Year: 2003

This is one of those close-range tries that are just as magical as an 80-metre solo effort. The try came in extra time during the All Blacks quarter-final encounter with the Springboks.
Camped well inside their own five-metre line, the Springboks have the ball turned over. Justin Marshall fires it out to Carlos Spencer, who casually flicks it through his legs to his then Blues teammate Joe Rockoco.



Ngwenya Burns Habana
Year: 2007

There are not many rugby players who have managed to burn South African legend Bryan Habana around the outside. Zimbabwe-born Tiger Ngwenya managed to go just this back in 2007 when he rounded Habana during South Africa's clash with the United States.

While Ngwenya steals the show in this clip, a mention must also go to former Golden Lions player Todd Clever who takes and intercept inside his 22 and then leaves the ultra physical Butch James flat on his back with a massive hand-off.



Solid Set Piece
Year: 2011

This is one of the better set-piece moves you'll see. While the execution of it isn't exactly flawless - the ball from scrum-half Luke Burgess to Quade Cooper is poorly timed - it really is a well-worked piece of play.

The first part to it is the wheel from the Australian scrum. While most sides would look to wheel it the other way round to work and openside, Australia turn it the other way and then pop the ball out quickly to take away the Italian openside flanker.  The little flick out the back of the scrum from Radike Samo, ensures Burgess gets the ball on the run and is able to speed up play. Cooper then does incredibly well to take a loose pass and still get the ball inside to Digby Ioane, who has timed his run to perfection.

Click here to see the try. 

Savea Channels Inner Lomu
Year: 2015

His candle may have burned quickly but Julian Savea was the closest thing to Jonah Lomu the world has ever seen. This was evident back in 2015 where Savea starred for the All Blacks in their run to their third Rugby World Cup title.

Savea was in his pomp during New Zealand's 62-13 quarter-final victory over France, where the former Hurricanes man bagged a hat-trick. The pick of his tries saw him steamroll four French defenders on the way to the whitewash.



Perenara Stunner
Year: 2019

Now I know there are some great tries on this list but this one is the real standout. Granted New Zealand was going to be able to produce moments of magic against a tier 3 side like Namibia but this try is really special.

The man who really makes this a spicey bit of viewing is scrum-half TJ Perrenara - who was actually playing at fly-half during this passage of play. The Hurricanes man starts the move by carving between the two Namibian midfielders and then throws a perfectly timed pass to winger George Bridge. Perenara, who was brought down in a tackle while offloading to Bridge, then somehow gets off the ground and receives a brilliant reverse ball from Brad Weber. Perenara then somehow manages to get the ball down in the corner while abating the touchline.



Keep on Drivin'
Year: 2019

This one if for all the forwards out there. Not often do you see a 50-metre rolling maul during an international rugby game but the Springboks managed to do just this during the second half of their quarter-final clash with 2019 tournament hosts Japan.

In all honesty, the forwards could have probably kept this one going all the way to the Japanese try-line had Malcolm Marx not splintered out of an incredible rolling maul.



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