Top 5 Rugby Moments by Phil Burgess
The Rugby Autumn Internationals are in full swing and we love the fact everyone is getting excited about odd shaped Balls! Ahead of England’s match against Fiji today we chatted to England Rugby 7s Player, Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist & Bounce Inspirer, Phil Burgess about his Top 5 Rugby Moments
1. Jonny Wilkinson dropping the winning goal to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup
The amazing talent of the man who almost single handily won England the World Cup actually kicked the winning goal with his wrong foot. Under immense pressure he would always deliver and is the epitome of ‘unstoppable’.
2. Waisale Serevi Hong Kong 7’s try in 2007
Serevi was the first household name for sevens fans around the world, he was an amazing talent and this try shows his amazing ability but his ability to show how fun the game of rugby can be.
3. Japan beating South Africa in 2015 RWC
Japan beat South Africa in dramatic fashion with the last play at the most recent Rugby World Cup. The tenacity and work rate shown by the Japanese team stunned the South Africans who would go on to finish 3rd. A truly inspirational game where no one expected them to win but they defied all odds and won.
4. 1995 World Cup in South Africa
South Africa hosted the Rugby World Cup which was the first major event following the end of the apartheid and was first World Cup that South Africa could compete in… With almost poetic justice South Africa won and were presented the William Webb Ellis trophy by Nelson Mandela. A truly iconic sporting moment.
5. England women’s winning the women’s 2014 Rugby World Cup
An incredible result for the England Women over turning Canada in the final. The England ‘red roses’ as they are now known performed exceptionally well and were inspirational and the legacy left by the win has improved the participation of women’s rugby at all levels throughout England.
If these don’t get you excited and inspired before the match, then we don’t know what will!
If you are like us and can’t wait to watch the game today but not sure when/how to watch it, have no fear, it kicks off at 2:30pm on Sky Sports 2; and we aren’t jealous at all for those who are actually heading to Twickenham…
Author- Philip Burgess (28 yr old England Rugby 7s Player)