A forgotten quarter-final

1999 – Quarter-finals – Murrayfield

All Blacks 30 – Scotland 18

The All Blacks and and Scotland are both in the quarter-final rounds this weekend. Back in 1999 they were facing each other, in a game that most people in New Zealand at least, don’t remember because of what happened the week after against the French.

The All Blacks featured Tana Umaga wearing 14, Marshall and Mehrtens at halfback and first-five, Norm Maxwell in his debut season wore the number 4 jersey, and as per the commentary “Reuben Thorne is the latest choice in the problem number 6 position”

Scotland appeared in arguably one of the uglier rugby strips of the 1999 RWC, and featured Gregor Townsend, Wellingtonian Martin Leslie at number 6, and the dual code legend Alan Tait – who’d made his union debut at the 1987 RWC.

Tamati Ellison – “Stand by Me”

1993.

The last of the amateur era Lions toured New Zealand, losing a tightly fought series 2-1. This video of the second test is well worth the watch – if only to see the tallest All Black, Mark Cooksley play for one of his 11 caps.

An England team featuring Dallaligo and Rodber won the inagural Melrose Cup, defeating Australia 21-17 in the Sevens World Cup.

But arguably one of the coolest feel good stories to come out of 1993, is captured in this video to promote the All Black Club. It features legends like Grant Fox, Inga “The Winger” Tuigamala, Michael Jones and Craig Dowd, and the nicest touch is that the young fella busking in the video, went on to become All Black 1099.

Tamati Ellison is a descendent of one of the original pioneers of New Zealand rugby. Thomas Rangiwahia Ellison, played for Poneke in Wellington, led the New Zealand Native Football team in 1888-1889, then went on to captain the first official New Zealand rugby team in 1893. He proposed the strip being the black jersey with silver fern logo, as well as being actively proposing that rugby players be paid the equivalent of their normal wages.

16 years after this video was made, Tamati went on to appear in his first All Black test, Italy in Milan.

1987 – France vs Fiji

1987 – Quarter-Finals

France 31 – Fiji 16

France have made it through to the quarter-finals, where they’ll play the All Blacks in Cardiff.

In 1987, France who were the eventual finalists had to get past Fiji at the quarter-final stage. This highlight reel showcases that game from a remarkably empty Eden Park,  and features some fantastic running rugby from the Fijians, as well as thousands of New Zealanders at an outdoor event sans hats.

The commentary is of course the recognizable tones of the legendary Bill Mclaren.

We don’t know how lucky we are.

This classic Fred Dagg tune from his early years, was reworked by the TAB Sports Cafe crew for the 2003 RWC. Or it could have been the 1999 RWC.

“if things get appallingly bad, and we’re all under constant attack, remember we want to see good clean ball and for god sakes feed your backs!”

Featuring, a range of minor NZ celebrities, and a Prime Minister.

Namibia’s finest moment

2007 – Group Stages

Ireland 32 – Namibia 17

Namibia have have yet to win a game at any of the four World Cups. The one game where they came the closest was against Ireland in 2007. Played in Bordeaux, the game had 5 Irish tries from O’Driscoll, Trimble, Easterby, Flannery and one penalty try, with two conversions and a penalty from O’Gara. The Namibian team scored via 2 tries from Nieuwenhuis and Van Zyl, (no relation to this Van Zyl as far as we know) along with 2 conversions and a penalty from Wessels.

You can watch the full game, and the highlights.

Also found these these two short videos, that capture in a rough and ready way, the travels of Irish fans on the way to the game, into the stadium and afterwards. Safe to say, a good time was had by all.