2003 Rugby World Cup Final

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2003 Rugby World Cup Final
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Event 2003 Rugby World Cup
After extra time
Date22 November 2003
Venue Stadium Australia, Sydney
Referee André Watson (South Africa)
Attendance82,958
1999
2007

The 2003 Rugby World Cup Final was the final match in the 2003 Rugby World Cup, and the fifth Rugby World Cup. The match was played between England and Australia on 22 November 2003 at Telstra Stadium in Sydney in front of a crowd of 82,957 people.

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England won 2017 to win the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time, also becoming the first European side to win the cup. The scores were tied to 1414 at full time, and Jonny Wilkinson kicked a drop goal in the final minute of extra time to win the match. The final was the second to go to extra time.

The British television audience peaked at 15 million viewers, making it the most watched sports program of 2003; the worldwide television audience was 22 million people. [1]

Path to the final

Australia opened the 2003 Rugby World Cup at Stadium Australia in Sydney, where they beat Argentina 24–8. The next two pool games were against tier 2 nations Romania and Namibia. The match against Namibia resulted in a 142–0 victory. The last pool match was against Ireland at Docklands Stadium in Melbourne, where the Wallabies escaped with a one-point win, 17–16. They finished on top of their pool, with 18 table points and a massive for and against.

England were in Pool C, and kicked off their campaign with an 84–6 win over Georgia, which was then followed by a match against their biggest opposition in the pool, South Africa. However, England beat the Springboks 25–6. Their third pool match against Samoa was a lot closer, England winning 35–22. Their final pool match was against Uruguay, which England won 111–13. England finished first in their pool, four table points ahead of the Springboks.

Australia met Scotland in the quarter finals at Lang Park in Brisbane, and beat them 33–16 to go through to the semis, where they would take on their old rivals, the All Blacks. England beat Wales in their quarter final, 28–17, and went through to meet France in the semis. The Wallabies prevailed 22–10 over New Zealand at Stadium Australia. The following day England beat France 24–7 at the same venue.

Match summary

Kick-off was preceded by performances including Kate Ceberano singing True Colours (a theme throughout the World Cup), the Sydney's Children Choir and the Rugby World Choir singing the Rugby World Cup's official theme song, World in Union . The national anthems of Australia ( Advance Australia Fair ) and England ( God Save the Queen ) were then performed.

First half

The first points of the final were scored by Australia. In the sixth minute, Lote Tuqiri outjumped the much shorter Jason Robinson and scored a try, following a sensational cross field kick from Wallaby fly-half Stephen Larkham. The conversion unsuccessfully crashed against a post. Jonny Wilkinson kicked a penalty goal for England in the 11th minute, bringing the score to 5–3. A further penalty goal by Wilkinson in the 20th minute took England into the lead, 6–5. In the 28th minute, following a Wallabies infringement Wilkinson slotted a penalty to make it 9–5. Following a flowing attacking move involving English forwards and backs, Robinson slid into the corner for a try for England in the 38th minute. England led at half-time 14–5.

Second half

Flatley kicked a penalty goal for Australia in the 47th minute, after the England scrummage was penalized by referee Andre Watson, taking the score to 14–8. With England dominant in possession but lacking in finishing Wilkinson made 2 unsuccessful drop goal attempts. England's forwards were again penalized by Watson in the 61st minute, and Flatley kicked the penalty goal for Australia. England were again to suffer when Flatley kicked a penalty goal on the 80th minute, taking the score to 14-14, and the match headed into extra time.

Extra time

Wilkinson and Flatley both scored penalties to put the score at 17–17. England got the ball back after the ensuing restart from a Mat Rogers kick, then won the line-out and advanced deep into Australian territory after a Matt Dawson line break off a dummy. With 26 seconds on the clock, Wilkinson kicked a right-footed drop goal to give England their first ever Rugby World Cup 20–17.

Match details

22 November 2003
20:00 AEDT (UTC+11)
Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg17–20 (a.e.t.)Flag of England.svg  England
Try: Tuqiri 6' m
Pen: Flatley 47', 61', 80', 97'
Report Try: Robinson 38' m
Pen: Wilkinson 11', 20', 28', 82'
Drop: Wilkinson 100'
Stadium Australia, Sydney
Attendance: 82,957 [4]
Referee: André Watson (South Africa)
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Australia
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England
FB15 Mat Rogers
RW14 Wendell Sailor Sub off.svg 71'
OC13 Stirling Mortlock
IC12 Elton Flatley
LW11 Lote Tuqiri
FH10 Stephen Larkham Sub off.svg temp'
SH9 George Gregan (c)
N88 David Lyons Sub off.svg 57'
OF7 Phil Waugh
BF6 George Smith
RL5 Nathan Sharpe Sub off.svg 48'
LL4 Justin Harrison
TP3 Al Baxter
HK2 Brendan Cannon Sub off.svg 57 '
LP1 Bill Young Sub off.svg 92'
Replacements:
HK16 Jeremy Paul Sub on.svg 57'
PR17 Matt Dunning Sub on.svg 92'
LK18 David Giffin Sub on.svg 48'
N819 Matt Cockbain Sub on.svg 57'
SH20 Chris Whitaker
FH21 Matt Giteau Sub on.svg temp'
WG22 Joe Roff Sub on.svg 71'
Coach:
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Eddie Jones
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FB15 Josh Lewsey Sub off.svg 85'
RW14 Jason Robinson
OC12 Mike Tindall Sub off.svg 79'
IC [a] 13 Will Greenwood
LW11 Ben Cohen
FH10 Jonny Wilkinson
SH9 Matt Dawson
N88 Lawrence Dallaglio
OF7 Neil Back
BF6 Richard Hill Sub off.svg 93'
RL5 Ben Kay
LL4 Martin Johnson (c)
TP3 Phil Vickery Sub off.svg 86'
HK2 Steve Thompson
LP1 Trevor Woodman
Replacements:
HK16 Dorian West
PR17 Jason Leonard Sub on.svg 86'
LK18 Martin Corry
FL19 Lewis Moody Sub on.svg 93'
SH20 Kyran Bracken
FH21 Mike Catt Sub on.svg 79'
FB22 Iain Balshaw Sub on.svg 85'
Coach:
Flag of England.svg Sir Clive Woodward

Touch judges:
Paddy O'Brien (New Zealand)
Paul Honiss (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Fourth official:
Joël Jutge (France)
Fifth official:
Alain Rolland (Ireland)

Statistics

Team statistics
NationsTriesConversionsPenaltiesDropped GoalsScrumsYellow CardsRed Cards
Flag of England.svg  England 10411200
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1040900

After the final

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Celebrations in London.

The English squad arrived at London's Heathrow Airport to a huge reception of English fans. Captain Martin Johnson, holding the trophy, was the first player to appear, which resulted in a celebration of singing "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot". Scrum-half Matt Dawson described the reception as "mind blowing" and hooker Steve Thompson said that "Walking through Heathrow was breathtaking". [5]

A national day of celebration was held on Monday, 8 December. Thousands of fans lined the streets of London to pay tribute to the World Cup victory, as the team paraded in open-top buses from Marble Arch to Trafalgar Square. Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, awarded the whole squad the freedom of Greater London. [6] The English squad then went on to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace, followed by a reception at Downing Street with then Prime Minister Tony Blair. [7]

In the subsequent New Year's Honours List, the entire English team and coaching staff was also either appointed to or promoted within the Order of the British Empire, with each man awarded at least an MBE. Jason Robinson, Wilkinson, Leonard, head assistant Andy Robinson and RFU chief executive Francis Baron were awarded OBEs, while Johnson was appointed a CBE and Woodward was knighted. [8]

See also

Notes

a. ^ Will Greenwood, for superstitious reasons, prefers to play wearing the number 13 shirt, even when selected to play inside centre.

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