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Rugby, Australian Football: Wilkinson on Top

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posted on Jun, 14 2003 @ 11:56 AM
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England confirmed their status as the world's top team by recording a stunning 15-13 victory over New Zealand in Wellington.

It was England's first success against the All Blacks on New Zealand soil for 30 years, and set a new English record of 12 successive Test match wins.

But perhaps most significantly of all, Martin Johnson's men struck a huge psychological blow against their major World Cup rivals just four months before rugby's global extravaganza kicks off in Australia.

Fly-half master Jonny Wilkinson kicked four penalties and a drop-goal, defying horribly blustery conditions, while New Zealand scored the solitary try through full-back Doug Howlett's breakaway second-half effort.

But Carlos Spencer, Wilkinson's opposite number, endured a nightmare time with the boot, missing four kicks at goal and his failures proved critical.




posted on Jun, 17 2003 @ 07:27 AM
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Without Wilkinson we wouldn't be top. England has a superb defence, and some exciting attacking players, but Wilkinson makes the difference and seperates us from the rest.


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posted on Jun, 17 2003 @ 12:13 PM
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Yep i agree and wilkinson does get a lot of points for us..



posted on Jun, 19 2003 @ 05:10 AM
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I didn't like Campese's comments in the news this week, can't wait for the game against the Aussies!


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posted on Jun, 19 2003 @ 07:37 PM
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yep it should be a good one,well lets look forward to kicking their butts...lol



posted on Jun, 25 2003 @ 12:08 PM
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England! We are No 1!! What a result, what a game, what a team. England!


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posted on Jun, 25 2003 @ 06:08 PM
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England Rocks......!!!!





Yeah we beat the Aussies and are no 1



posted on Jun, 29 2003 @ 05:24 PM
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You may say your number 1 now....but you have no right until after the world cup...Till then.. your just another rugby side..

Chris


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posted on Jun, 30 2003 @ 05:22 PM
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Originally posted by OzChris
You may say your number 1 now....but you have no right until after the world cup...Till then.. your just another rugby side..

Chris


Well Chris we have to celebrate when we beat the Aussies as we don't beat them that often in most sports,i seem to remeber they even beat us in a football friendly not too long ago and the Australian football side isnt that great..

As for being no1 in the rugby,this is one of the best sides england have had in years and i think we will keep that spot after we kick the aussies butts again in the world cup..



posted on Jul, 17 2003 @ 11:12 AM
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Originally posted by OzChris
You may say your number 1 now....but you have no right until after the world cup...Till then.. your just another rugby side..

Chris



We will never be just another rugby side!
World rankings put us on top, we have beaten everyone there is to beat, picking up the World Cup is just a formality...




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