Rugby’s biggest shocks! Here are RUCK’s ten biggest upsets in international rugby history.
Rugby’s biggest shocks
10) France 12 Argentina 17, 2007 World Cup (group stage)
The inspired Pumas shocked the world as they triumphed over France in the opener of Les Bleus home World Cup. Ignacio Corleto scored the game’s only try while Felipe Contepomi chipped in with 12 points from the boot as 80,000 French fans were stunned into silence at the Stade de Francais.
9) Fiji 38 – 34 Wales, 2007 World Cup (pool stage)
Not many fancied Fiji when they took on Wales at the 2007 World Cup. The Fijians had an explosive first half, leading 25-10 at half-time but would find themselves behind after Shane Williams and Martyn Williams crashed over. Nevertheless, prop Graham Dewes touched down the ninth and final try of the game to give Fiji the against the odds victory and as a result secured them a place in the quarter-finals.
8) Australia 21 Wales 22, 1987 World Cup (third-place play-off)
Following Australia’s unexpected elimination by France in the semi-final, things went from bad to worse for the Wallabies as they suffered another unexpected defeat. The game was neck and neck going into the final few minutes before Adrian Hadley’s last-gasp try and Paul Thorburn’s conversion from the tightest of angles secured the win for the men in red.