Famous International rugby results from World Cup finals

1987 - New Zealand Versus France

The 1987 inaugural rugby world cup was the only one that hosts New Zealand didn't enter as favourites, which is probably why they won it after beating France 29-9 in the final at Eden Park. Coming in off the back of an epic victory in the semis against Australia, the French appeared drained and devoid of any ideas as they failed to prevent the high-flying home side from cruising to their only world cup title to date.

1991 - Australia Versus England

Many people argue the 1991 final was won before a ball was kicked courtesy of big mouth Wallaby winger David Campese's comments in the press. England had muscled their way into the final with a brand of boring low-risk rugby which relied solely on their big pack and Rob Andrew's boot. Ahead of the final, player of the tournament Campese taunted the English about their style of play and his verbal tactics paid off. The hosts abandoned their tried and tested tactics in a poorly advised bid to play running rugby like the Wallabies. They failed miserably and paid the ultimate penalty as Australia won 12-6.

1995 - South Africa Versus New Zealand

The most famous rugby world cup final of them all later became a subject of Clint Eastwood's film "Invicticus" and proved how sport could change the world. Inspired by the their President Nelson Madnela and the support of a united nation, the massively inexperienced South Africa team did the impossible and beat an "All Blacks" outfit, featuring the fearsome Jonah Lomu, who many considered unstoppable. The fact that South Africa won with a drop goal in extra time made it seem like this legendary international rugby result was scripted for Hollywood right from the start.

1999 - France Versus Australia

After giving their all in the semis, France were once again too spent and exhausted to make a serious claim for the cup in the final against Australia at Cardiff's Millenium Stadium. Australia destroyed them to the tune of 35-12 and became the first club in history to lift the cup twice.

2003 - England Versus Australia

After an epic 100-minute encounter, Jonny Wilkinson's drop goal denied Australia the opportunity to win the cup on their own turf as England cruised to a 20-17 win and became the first Northern Hemisphere side to lift the title.

2007 - England Versus South Africa

In a cup final to forget, South Africa beat England in Paris 15-6 to lift the cup for a second time and write their name into the book of famous international rugby results.

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