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Rugby Union Today: Greatest games and Manu to depart?

5 monthes ago   |   By Planet Rugby

Another busy day in the rugby union game as we look back to the 1999 World Cup where France shocked the All Blacks in that famous semi-final, while there's also news from Leicester Tigers.
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Almost 21 years ago, France secured one of the most remarkable victories in World Cup history, defeating favourites New Zealand 43-31 at Twickenham. It was a stunning display as they ripped the All Blacks apart to reach the showpiece event and we have looked back at that contest in this ‘Greatest games' feature.
Meanwhile, Leicester Tigers have released a statement confirming that a...
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Greatest games: France shock All Blacks in 1999 World Cup

Greatest games: France shock All Blacks in 1999 World Cup

5 monthes ago   |   By Planet Rugby

We take a look at the best ever games from years gone by and today head back to 1999 where France stunned New Zealand 43-31 in the World Cup at Twickenham.
Lead-up to the fixture
Following their disappointment in the 1995 World Cup final, New Zealand were the favourites four years later after rebuilding nicely under new head coach John Hart.
They had claimed the Tri-Nations title three times during that period - in 1996, 1997 and 1999 - and in typical fashion, the All Blacks sailed through their group in the global tournament. They secured dominant wins over Tonga and Italy, but it was...
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