Top 10 Tries At The Rugby World Cup
Scoring a try is what rugby is all about. Everyone playing the game dreams of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup, better known as the Rugby World Cup.
As we look forward to the ninth edition of the tournament from Japan this fall, which greats of the game – and some lesser-known names – have scored the best Rugby World Cup tries? Remember these awesome crossings? Read on as we reveal all...
10. Karne Hesketh (2015, Japan v South Africa)
First up, how about this for shock value? Japan may be hosts of the 2019 Rugby World Cup but they were huge underdogs when tasked with facing South Africa four years ago during the pool stage.
The Japanese really raised their game under then-coach Eddie Jones and socked it to the Springboks. Karne Hesketh's late crossing inflicted a humiliating 34-32 defeat on the Rainbow Nation in their World Cup finals opener.
9. Vilimoni Delasau (2007, Fiji v Wales)
Speaking of underdogs, an even bigger story came out of the 2007 Rugby World Cup when Fiji piped Wales to second place in the final group game of the pool. The Pacific Island nation advanced to the quarterfinals at the Dragons' expense.
A key moment early on in this major upset came when Vilimoni Delasau crossed for Fiji. What confidence he had to chip the ball forward and chase it down despite being sandwiched in between two Welsh defenders. Fantastic.
8. Christophe Lamaison (1999, France v New Zealand)
Most of the hard running was done by Les Bleus teammate Christophe Dominici, who went on a tear through the All Blacks defense in the buildup to this try. Christophe Lamaison got France over the line in the 1999 Rugby World Cup semifinal.
It was something of an upset, especially as New Zealand blitzed all opposition on their way to the last four including the 101-3 demolition of Italy during the pool stage.
7. Julian Savea (2015, New Zealand v France)
This is just savage. Julian Savea took France apart in the 2017 Rugby World Cup quarter-final with not one, not two, but three tries. The pick of his hat-trick was voted try of the year.
It's easy to see why. This is the All Blacks at their finest. Assured in possession, French defenders bounce off Savea as he swats them away like flies. It was pure, unadulterated raw power. Oh, how Savea made Les Bleus suffer in this 62-13 mauling.
6. Joe Rococoko (2003, New Zealand v South Africa)
Talk about improvising. It's the assist with that incredible pass through the legs of a Springbok defender that makes Joe Rococoko's try in the 2003 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal so special.
New Zealand were well in command over South Africa by that stage of the match, but to seal victory in such an audacious way meant this just had to make it onto our list of top tries from the tournament.
5. Takudzawa Ngwenya (2007, USA v South Africa)
Yes, the Eagles made it onto our list of great Rugby World Cup tries. Takudzawa Ngwenya won try of the year for this incredible effort from his own half of the field.
Not many players could say they embarrassed Springboks speedster and legend Bryan Habana, but that's exactly what the American international did during this 2007 Rugby World Cup group stage game.
4. Serge Blanco (1987, France v Australia)
What a way to send your team into the first Rugby World Cup final. Serge Blanco won the semi for France as Les Bleus showed such resiliency in attack against Australia.
You'll do well to find a more significant try than this one. It knocked the wind right out of the Wallabies as France advanced to face the mighty All Blacks for the honor of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup.
3. Stephen Jones (2003, Wales v England)
Welsh rugby was in a slump around the turn of the century, but the Dragons' hearts still beat strong. They gave fellow Six Nations country England an almighty scare in the 2003 Rugby World Cup quarterfinals courtesy of Stephen Jones.
A brilliant team try, although the eventual winners came back at Wales it rekindled sparks in the valleys. Rugby is their national sport, after all.
2. Jonah Lomu (1995, New Zealand v England)
The late, great Jonah Lomu was something of a poster boy for international rugby in the era when union first became a pro sport. He got New Zealand off to the perfect start in their 1995 Rugby World Cup semifinal against England with a brilliant opening try.
Lethal Lomu simply steamrollered his way through the Red Rose defense. This try is just one of many in his magnificent highlight reel.
1. John Kirwan (1987, New Zealand vs Italy)
Sorry Jonah, but there's just no beating fellow All Blacks icon John Kirwan. An integral part of the New Zealand side that went on an undefeated streak of 23 Tests from 1987 to 1990, he scored arguably the best ever Rugby World Cup try in the first match of the inaugural finals.
Italy were Kirwan's unsuspecting victims. When he picked up the ball from well inside his own 22, the Azzurri thought they were in no danger. Kirwan simply burst through the opposition like a knife through butter, dodging desperate tackles and running 80 meters plus to cap a 70-6 rout of the Europeans.