The 2003 final was the 29th match between Australia and England.  Since Australia and England first played each other in 1909, England won 16 of those meetings (including the previous four), Australia won 11 and drew once, in November 1997. 
- Stadium Australia, Sydney
- 22 November 2003
- Jonny Wilkinson (England)
Main article: 2003 Rugby World Cup Final The final between Australia and England was played at Sydney's Stadium Australia in front of a crowd of 82,957, and was refereed by veteran South African official André Watson, in so doing becoming the first, and so far only, referee to officiate two Rugby World Cup finals.
- The Week Before
- The Morning of The Match
- The Changing Room
- in The Tunnel
- The First Half
- The Try
- The Second Half
- The Kick
- After The Final Whistle
Matt Dawson (scrum-half): “Training dropped off significantly. We did recovery – ice baths, light gym work just to stay loose, to stay oiled, not to lob heavy metal around. Mainly we focused on strategy. How can we beat this team in front of us? How can we make sure we make the right decisions under all that pressure, and put so much pressure on th...
Clive Woodward (head coach): “With kick-off at 8pm local time, it was the longest day. I couldn’t sleep and by 6am I was walking on Manly beach trying to mentally rehearse the scenarios that might happen.”
Clive Woodward: “It was exactly the same routine in the dressing room as the rest of the tournament but, in terms of atmosphere, it was a lot quieter. It wasn’t the time for big Churchillian speeches, Martin Johnson wasn’t big on that and I certainly wasn’t.”
Neil Back (flanker): “Martin Johnson used to turn around before we went out to the stadium to say a few final words to the players. This time when we were about to go out into that cauldron he turned around and we were expecting the same positive message. But he turned and looked at us and didn’t say a word. That was unusual, I remember thinking: ‘...
Richard Hill (flanker):“Lote Tuqiri scoring so early on was a bit of a worry, but we managed to really dig in and limit their possession. I was at the bottom of a ruck, I think, when Jason Robinson went over for his try and I felt that we were in control.” Jason Robinson (winger): “Australia scored early on and that could have killed me off. Some p...
Jason Robinson:“It was just a case of catching the ball and running 20 metres. It’s not like I beat so many people or went the length of the field. I’ve scored many more far better. But in games like that – a World Cup final – you don’t get many chances and to be up against the likes of Mat Rogers and Wendell Sailor, ex-rugby league players, it was...
Neil Back: “As a squad we gathered together as a group and we looked into each other’s eyes, saying a few words. Johnno was managing it with his eyebrows. Then Phil Larder, the defence coach, and Andy Robinson came over because they felt they needed to say something. And they each said things like: ‘Don’t give away penalties’, ‘play in their half’,...
Jonny Wilkinson (fly-half):“I’d had a couple of goes before which were very much pot shots, having a dig almost. But for this one I was thinking that because of where the guys had put me, I can’t miss… this must go over. I almost remember feeling like ‘the others drifted wide but this one will go over’. “I knew I’d hit it in such a way that it wasn...
Clive Woodward:“The graciousness of Eddie Jones and his Australian team in defeat was something I had not seen before from him. Eddie and I had been enjoying our normal banter in the build-up but for some reason I went straight to him on the final whistle.” Lawrence Dallaglio (No 8):“The best bit about the 2003 World Cup as a team was the hour we h...
France edge ahead as Autumn thrillers augur well for World Cup
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With the 2019 World Cup final a matter of days away, I decided to go back to the 2003 World Cup, to try and apply analysis to some of the key moments in those games. In doing so I decided to settle on running the video on England's World Cup win and the game's two tries, scored by Lote Tiquri and Jason Robinson.
Aug 11, 2015 · The triumphant All Blacks team of 2011 was voted the best World Cup side of all time, polling 27 per cent of the vote. England's 2003 vintage came second with 18 per cent.