7) Western Samoa 16 Wales 13, 1991 World Cup (group stage)
Wales’s crushing defeat to Western Samoa was the first time a leading rugby nation had been undone in a tournament by a rank outsider. The fact the match was at Cardiff Arms Park made the win even more incredible. The sides ended the game tied a two tries a piece, but the excellent kicking performance of Mathew Vaea proved to be decisive as Samoa edged to victory by three points.
6) France 43 New Zealand 31, 1999 World Cup (semi-final)
The All-Blacks were the clear favourites heading into this semi-final and their dominant start to the match furthered this line of thinking as they led comfortably 24-10 early in the second half. However, this only makes Les Bleus comeback victory even more improbable. The star of the match was Christophe Lamaison as he single-handedly inspired his nation to triumph with a perfect kicking display. His solo efforts did not go unrecognised as he received a standing ovation from the 75,000 fans at Twickenham at the end of the match.
5) New Zealand 18 France 20, 2007 World Cup (Quarter-final)
Les Bleus pulled off another famous and unlikely victory over the tournament favourites New Zealand in 2007 to set up a semi-final against England. France had struggled in the first half, trailing 13-3 at the break. However, following Luke McAlister’s sin bin for New Zealand, France got back level. Rodney So’oialo then restored the All Blacks lead, but a score from Yannick Jauzion soon after proved to be France’s match-winning try.