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Aussie Legends set to avenge 2003 RWC loss

Aussie Legends set to avenge 2003 RWC loss

On Thursday, October 31st, English and Australian legends will re-play the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham Stoop, London. 

The moment Jonny Wilkinson slotted a drop goal in extra time of the 2003 Rugby World Cup final is one that will forever be scarred in the minds of any true Australian rugby fan.

legends flyerThat was the moment that broke our hearts, but now… it’s pay back time!

Ten years after that match, the Aussie and English legends are set to battle it out in London.

This competitive and highly charged match will see an array of former Rugby World Cup stars returning to the field, with a combined total of more than 1450 Test caps between the sides.

Jason Leonard, Martin Corry, Jason Robinson, Phil Vickery and Josh Lewsey will form part of the English side, to take on Aussie veterans including Stirling Mortlock, Al Baxter, Chris Whitaker and Richard Harry.

The match will support two important charities, Restart and The Injured Player’s function, and will mark exactly 10 years since Martin Johnson lifted the Webb Ellis Club for England in Sydney.

Jason Leonard, England’s most capped player said ‘We are delighted that so many of the boys have leapt at the chance to pull on an England shirt again and honoured that Australian legends are travelling halfway around the word to compete and help us put on an unique, never-to be repeated event’.

Mike Doyle, the Australian side’s coach, said the interest from former Wallabies was overwhelming.

‘We, as Australian Legends, have a proud history and to be given the chance to redeem the loss is a huge motivation for us.’

The Australian side are hungry for a victory, travelling half way around the world to celebrate a RWC final that they lost on home soil.

With the two-year countdown on until the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, this showpiece event will draw the attention of current players, rugby legends and lovers from around the glove.

Australia and England will face each other early on in the 2015 RWC, with both sides being drawn in Pool A, giving the Aussies a chance to avenge their agonising losses in the 2003 final and 2007 quarter final.

 

Full Squads

AUSTRALIA LEGENDS

Richard Harry

Al Baxter

Adam Freier

Marco Caputo

Bill Johnston

Rod Moore

John Welborn

Warwick Waugh

Will Caldwell

John Langford

Matt Adamson

Dave Kelaher

Chris Whitaker

Chris Malone

Ben Ward

Brad Clyde

Ryan Cross

James McLaren

James Grant

Mitch Hardy

Graydon Staniforth

Tim Kelaher

Stirling Mortlock

Mike Doyle

Andrew Logan

ENGLAND LEGENDS

Jason Leonard OBE

Kevin Yates

Dorian West MBE

Steve Thompson MBE

Mark Regan MBE

Richard Cockerill

Phil Vickery MBE

Ben Kay MBE

Garath Archer

Hugh Vyvyan

Alex Codling

Ben Sturnham

Lewis Moody MBE

Paul Gustard

Martin Corry MBE

Andy Gomarsall MBE

Peter Richards

Austin Healey

Fraser Waters

Kevin Sorrell

Jamie Noon

Mike Tindall MBE

Iain Balshaw MBE

Dan Scarborough

Josh Lewsey MBE

Jason Robinson OBE

  • SuckerForRed

    Anyone know if this is going to be broadcast anywhere?

    • swerveer 10

      Being broadcast at 1.01am on Friday on Sky Sports 3 in UK if this of any help.

  • #1 Tah

    Ducka Caldwell! There’s a name thats been missing for a while! Good to see he is healthy!

  • brumby runner

    Thompson and Vickery in the front row. Same old story, probably same result.

    Brad Clyde?

    • Stomper

      Fortunately played under golden oldies rules – uncontested scrums!

  • Wag

    What hope have we got against a Pom team with 11 MBEs and 2 OBEs !!
    It is a joke how many Kiwis and Poms receive such awards for Rugby.

  • Stomper

    Check out all those gongs (MBE and OBEs) in the pommy side – why don’t our Wallby Greats get similar recognition?

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