Rugby World Cup England

The 2003 Rugby World Cup was the fifth rugby union world cup. It was won by England. The pre-event favourites were England and New Zealand, with France, defending winners Australia and South Africa all expected to make big showings.

Celebrations at Trafalgar Square during a parade after England beat Australia in the 2003 final. The 2003 event was staged by Australia; although it was originally intended to be held jointly with New Zealand, disagreements between the IRB and the NZRFU over sponsorship, advertising and ticketing saw the event given in its entirety to Australia. England emerged as winners beating Australia in extra time. England's win was special in that it broke the Southern hemisphere's control of the event. Such was the celebration of England's win, that an estimated 750,000 people gathered in central London to applaud the side, making the day the biggest sporting celebration of its kind ever in the Great Britain.






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