"A Moment of Magic" The Top 5 Drop Goals in Rugby History - Ruck

“A Moment of Magic” The Top 5 Drop Goals in Rugby History

There is no other feeling in rugby quite like those seconds of anticipation, as your favourite fly half lines up a drop goal and send the ball sailing in between the posts.

There have been some truly memorable three-pointers throughout rugby history, with the latest addition taking place this past weekend in the Leinster v Munster Irish derby.

With three minutes left on the clock, Munster were chasing the game at the Aviva Stadium. A spot in the 2023 United Rugby Championship Grand Final hung in the balance, when up stepped Jack Crowley to kick home a late win for his side. An iconic moment for Munster, with Crowley’s heroics being compared to that of the great Ronan O’Gara.

A welcomed addition to an incredible list of drop goals, here are RUCK’s picks for the greatest ever.

  1. Jonny Wilkinson v Australia – 2003 Rugby World Cup Final

It just had to be Jonny to get this list off underway. A legendary rugby moment that will forever be etched in the annuals of history. With the entirety of England rugby fans willing him on, Wilkinson made good on his fourth drop goal attempt in the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final, and made himself a hero.

With scores poised on a knife-edge at 17-17, England and Australia went to extra time in the era-defining World Cup final. The commentary will long be remembered as the perfect pairing to the famous image, of England’s fly half sending the ball sailing through the Sydney air, to a roar of celebration from the travelling England supporters.

“Again, Wilkinson in the place, Jonny Wilkison… He’s done it! It’s over! At last on the fourth attempt, Jonny Wilkinson is on target.” The Newcastle Falcons legend will has had many career highlights, yet this once in a generation drop goal will forever be the crown jewel in his trophy cabinet.