World Cup - Top 10: World Cup tries
We look at the Top 10 tries in World Cup history.
John Kirwan (New Zealand 70 Italy 6, Auckland, 1987)
Arguably the greatest individual try in Rugby World Cup history as the powerfully-built All Black wing seemingly took on and beat most of the Italian side in an amazing run from inside his own 22 to bring up New Zealand’s half-century in the 1987 tournament’s opening match.
Serge Blanco (France 30 Australia 24, Sydney, 1987)
There has possibly never been a more dramatic touchdown in the Rugby World Cup. With the semi-final tied at 24-24, the French attacked from deep inside their own half and after a crosskick, turnover and some dazzling handling, full-back Blanco stormed clear on the left and held off Tom Lawton to dive over in the corner.
Gordon Hamilton (Ireland 18 Australia 19, Dublin, 1991)
The closest the Irish have been to the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup. Hamilton – and the whole of Ireland – thought they had reached nirvana after Jim Staples’ grubber-kick had been flipped up to Hamilton by Jack Clarke and the flanker had sprinted 40 metres to the line. However, Michael Lynagh had other ideas.
Tim Horan (Australia 16 New Zealand 6, Dublin, 1991)
The try that clinched Australia’s place in the final against England. Wallabies fly-half Michael Lynagh chipped ahead, wing David Campese collected it at pace and then threw out a typically outrageous overhead pass to his right for centre Horan to race over in the corner for the decisive second touchdown.
Jonah Lomu (New Zealand 45 England 29, Cape Town, 1995)
The All Blacks’ monster left wing scored four tries in his side’s semi-final demolition of England, but it was the first one that had the most impact. Picking up a poor pass just inside the England half, he handed off Tony Underwood and Will Carling before trampling over Mike Catt to score in the corner.
Jonah Lomu (New Zealand 30 England 16, Twickenham, 1999)
England restricted Lomu to just one try when the sides met again four years later – but what a try it was. Receiving the ball 55 metres out, the All Black bulldozer brushed aside Jeremy Guscott before powering past three more home defenders on his way to touching down near the corner flag.
This was undoubtedly the best individual try of the tournament. The Fijian full-back received the ball just outside his 22, kicked it ahead more in hope than anything else and then hoofed the loose ball downfield before picking up the ball in one hand and plunging over in the corner. Breathtaking!
Stephen Jones (Wales 17 England 28, Brisbane, 2003)
An electrifying try to nudge Wales ahead 5-3, but it all proved in vain. Shane Williams pouched an errant crosskick near his 22, sidestepped a couple of defenders and then fed Dwayne Peel, who charged into the England half. Gareth Thomas carried the move on and passed to Williams, who juggled the ball before switching it inside to Jones and he did the rest.
Takudzwa Ngwenya (USA 15 South Africa 64, Montpellier, 2007)
Probably the try of RWC 2007 as Zimbabwean-born American right wing Ngwenya took on Springbok flyer Bryan Habana on the outside after initial hesitation and beat him for pace from around halfway. The Eagles had launched the attack from inside their 22 following an interception on their left.
Kosuke Endo (Japan 18 Wales 72, Cardiff, 2007)
This magnificent effort runs the American try close for skill as the Japanese begin an attack from the left side of their 22 after stealing the ball from a Welsh ruck. Wales are caught off balance as the ball is switched at speed from left to right via four pairs of hands before Endo is sent clear.