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.