A history-making Rugby World Cup final

A history-making Rugby World Cup final

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9:19 PM, October 28, 2023

The Rugby World Cup is coming to an end. The grand final is highly expected to be held on Saturday at 9pm at the Stade de France, between New Zealand and South Africa. A must-experience event from 8pm in Europe 1. A shocker, a replay of the 1995 World Cup final, won by the Springboks, that will have every rugby fan salivating.

It’s a real clash of giants. New Zealand and South Africa, the two most successful countries in rugby history with three crowns each, will meet on Sunday in the final of the 2023 World Cup in France. The event will follow from 8pm on Europe 1. The All Blacks-Springboks is also and above all the memory of an unforgettable final, the 1995 final in Johannesburg, which South Africa won in extra time. This Sunday evening, we once again expect an extraordinary meeting.

The Springboks’ first victory in 1995

To talk about “New Zealand-South Africa” is to delve into the history of rugby and the World Cup. Transport yourself to 1995, the first of three titles The Springboks are at home against the All Blacks. We also see Nelson Mandela presenting the Webb Ellis Cup to François Benard. South African full-back Willie le Roux was six years old at the time. But he remembers this moment written in his memory.

“I remember my parents screaming at the TV. I didn’t really understand what was happening. But to get the chance to play in the final against the All Blacks is unbelievable,” he recalls.

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“It’s a big final.”

The pinnacle of a rivalry that is now 106 years old, including New Zealanders. “We all remember the 1995 final. It was tough. Hopefully it will happen again. It’s a big final, that’s for sure. But this is a World Cup final,” coach Ian Foster explains.

Therefore, the spirit of revenge risks invading the Stade de France, the breath of the great evenings, which characterize the sport. The New Zealand-South Africa match represents more than just a final, it represents rugby history. History advances with a nation that will, at the end of this duel, be the most successful in the world.

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