England Rugby: On Top Down Under [DVD]

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Any Test match victory is one to be savoured but those that come against Southern Hemisphere opposition are even more special, as success over the might of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa can be rare. Here, John Inverdale introduces a host of memorable performances against Southern Hemisphere opposition from over three decades. Starting in 1973, fans can relive the 16-10 win over New Zealand in Auckland, before taking in victories against the All Blacks and Australia that took place on home soil over the next twenty years, including the 28-19 success against the Wallabies in 1988 - a game which saw Will Carling become the youngest player to captain his country for 57 years at the age of 22. Heading into the 1990s, England achieved some of their greatest victories including the quarter-final success over Australia in the 1995 World Cup - thanks to a moment of magic from Rob Andrew who kicked the drop-goal that put England into the semis. And who can forget the 1998 victory against South Africa that stopped the Springboks from winning their 18th consecutive Test? Moving into the new millennium, we start with victories over Australia and South Africa before moving onto a hat-trick of wins in the Autumn Internationals of 2002, culminating in that unforgettable 53-3 demolition of South Africa following hard-fought successes against the Kiwis and the Wallabies. These victories, which were followed by away wins against the All Blacks and Australia, sent England into the 2003 World Cup as one of the favourites to win the competition, and a historic victory was achieved thanks to Jonny Wilkinson's last-minute drop-goal in extra time - allowing their talismanic captain Martin Johnson to lift the Webb Ellis Trophy.

Category: Sport

Type: Region 2 DVD

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