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England Wins Rugby World Cup
| Nov 22, 2003
Posted on 11/22/2003 5:15:27 AM PST by ijcr
SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- England scored with 26 seconds left in extra time to win the Rugby World Cup, beating Australia 20-17 Saturday.
England became the first team from the northern hemisphere to win rugby's top event. Ranked No. 1 coming into the tournament, England had lost five games in four years since losing to South Africa in the quarterfinals of the last Cup.
England lost its only previous trip to the final, and France has lost the title game twice.
Jonny Wilkinson kicked a field goal from 38 yards out with 26 seconds left in extra time in windy, rainy conditions. It was his second score in the extra period, after the teams were tied at 14 after regulation.
TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Front Page News; Unclassified; United Kingdom
Swing low sweet chariot,
posted on 11/22/2003 5:15:27 AM PST
Watched the game on the big screen in the pub over the road, first pint at 8:30am! Packed with people and a great atmosphere.
A bit tense, though, right down to the last 20-odd seconds!
posted on 11/22/2003 5:24:15 AM PST
"The Webb Ellis Cup is finally returning to the land where rugby was invented when William Webb Ellis picked up a soccer ball and ran with it."
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Watched this morning on the TV, phew.... talk about tense!
Well done England!! (from a Scot)
posted on 11/22/2003 5:43:13 AM PST
To: Jakarta ex-pat
Wasn't a soccer ball. 'Soccer' was codified in 1848 at Cambridge university. In fact it wasn't techically Soccer until the Football Association (the word 'AsSOCiation' is where we get the word 'SOCcer' from), which merged the Cambridge and the later Sheffield and Uppingham rules, was formed in 1863. 'Association Football' is the correct term for what is usually called 'Soccer'. 'Soccer' is merely an Oxford slang term.
Rugby was one of many unique football type games played at Public Schools and Universities in England at the time. Each School would have its own interpretation as to how such a game should take place. William Webb Ellis it would seem, trangressed not by picking up the ball, but by running with it. Hitherto the Rugby game had consisted of kicking and marking until you got near enough to the goal. Sort of like netball with kicking instead of throwing.
In fact to further that analogy, pre-Webb Ellis Rugby compared to post Webb Ellis Rugby is similar to the relationship between netball and basketball in terms of moving with the ball (albeit having to bounce it).
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