What's the best attempt at rugby ever

Dan Carter, arguably the best connector of all time, was the decisive man in the 2015 World Cup final. Photo (c) Perlich

Actually, it would be the best prerequisite for indulging in your own rugby obsession. Many Germans currently have much more time in quarantine than usual: Meeting friends in the beer garden is currently just as flat as the birthday party or the weekend trip. The only problem - oval leather is also currently dormant around the globe. That's why we've dug out the best rugby classics in full length from the depths of the internet for you to beat your head with for the weekend. What is still missing are a few cold drinks and a projector on the wall.

Australia - New Zealand (2000)

It was a game for the ages, the first duel between old rivals Australia and New Zealand in the new millennium. Exactly 109,874 spectators came to the Australia Stadium, which was temporarily enlarged for the Olympic Games, more than ever before and then for a rugby match. Unlike today, the Wallabies were still rivals on an equal footing for New Zealand. Legends like Tana Umaga, George Gregan, Stephen Larkham and Christian Cullen conjured up over 80 minutes in front of the world record backdrop. The audience got ten attempts and none other than the greatest of all time, Jonah Lomu, should ultimately decide the duel.

Ireland - New Zealand (2016)

For 111 years no national team from the Emerald Isle managed to win against the mighty All Blacks. Even for the golden generation of Irish around Brian O’Driscoll and Paul O’Connell, New Zealand was a nut that could not be cracked. All of this was only to change in 2016, when the two teams met for the 29th time, in Chicago of all places, on neutral ground. A total of nine attempts and an incredibly exciting game with great attempts in the sold-out NFL stadium in Windy City right into the final phase. A truly historic game and an absolute must for all Ireland fans.

Barbarians - New Zealand (1973)

When the oval leather was still made of leather, when a crush took less than three seconds and when the games of the legendary Barbarians were the highest of all emotions. In 1973 the rugby world was still different, the heroes on the field were all amateurs, but even then the enthusiasm for the sport knew no bounds in Cardiff, especially when the All Blacks were guests. The game of the Barbarians, led by the legendary Welsh magician Phil Bennet, against the then all-powerful All Blacks is still considered by many fans to be the best of all time. Not least because of an attempt in the second minute of the game, in which the Barbarians playfully worked their way from their own line to the New Zealanders' in-goal.

England - New Zealand (2012)

In retrospect, it was just a slip-up for the world champion from New Zealand and the English team could not fulfill the hopes that their own fans had after the world champions were dismantled. But the way England took New Zealand apart on the first weekend of Advent in 2012 was impressive. It was perhaps the best game Manu Tuilagis ever played, playing cat and mouse with New Zealand midfielders around the legends Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith. England had not been able to win against New Zealand ten years earlier and they would only succeed in the feat again at the World Cup in Japan.

England - Scotland (2019)

Probably the craziest Six Nations game of all time and it broke several records. Never before and after has a team caught up more behind than the Scots did on that March day at Twickenham. It was the draw with the most points ever, no wonder with a total of eleven attempts. England's rugby stronghold was tense up to the very last second and this game is rightly seen as the best of both teams in the history of rugby's oldest rivalry.

South Africa - New Zealand (2014)

These two national teams, the two historically most successful in the history of world rugby, have dueled 99 times since they first met in 1921. The Springboks and All Blacks have fought great duels again and again - this game from 2014 also has it all. In Johannesburg's Ellis Park, the rugby championship game was only decided at the very last minute and, by the way, the attempt of 2014 was made.

New Zealand - Australia (2015)

The final of the Rugby World Cup 2015 in England went down in history as arguably the best ever. More points have never been scored in a final of the World Cup, New Zealand was the first team to defend the title and All-Blacks record player Richie McCaw and legendary playmaker Dan Carter emerged from the legendary black with the Webb Ellis Cup in hand Say goodbye to the jersey. But Australia also contributed to the fact that this final in the London rugby temple Twickenham was exciting into the final phase.

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