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Rugby World Cup: Australia's greatest moments

Australia have had some iconic Rugby World Cup moments over the years, including winning the biggest competition in the sport twice in 1991 and 1999.

Here’s a look back at some of the greatest moments the Wallabies have delivered on the big stage.

Australia 16 - 6 New Zealand - 1991

Back in the 1991 World Cup, New Zealand headed into the competition as the reigning champions having won the inaugural tournament in 1987.

Australia impressed on their way to the semi-finals of the 1991 World Cup but were certainly the underdogs as they took on the All Blacks in a last-four showdown at Landsdown Road.

The Wallabies boasted one of the best backlines in their history and tries from iconic winger David Campese and centre Tim Horan, along with the kicking of flyhalf Michael Lynagh, helped Australia pull off an upset against the All Blacks in Dublin.

Winning the clash 16-6 in front of 54,000 at Landsdown Road, the Wallabies set up a showdown with England in the final at Twickenham.

Australia 12-6 England - 1991

Again, considered as underdogs with England on home soil, Australia stunned the hosts and lifted the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time in the 1991 World Cup final.

The boot of Lynagh was crucial once again, while Tony Daly scored the only try of the game to secure a 12-6 victory.

The Wallabies returned Down Under as heroes, with the added bonus of beating an old rival in England in the showpiece event at Rugby HQ.

Australia 27 - 21 South Africa (a.e.t) - 1999

Not for the first time, Australia found themselves up against the reigning world champions in the semi-final of a World Cup.

After their historic success in South Africa in 1995, the Springboks were fancied to overcome the Wallabies in the 1999 semi-final at Twickenham.

It was to prove to be a classic contest that was a battle of the boots between Australia’s Matt Burke and South Africa’s Jannie de Beer.

The game went into extra-time when Steve Larkham produced an iconic moment with a drop-goal from 48 metres to take Australia in front.

Another Burke penalty secured the win over the Boks, which saw the Wallabies go on to face France in the final.

Australia 35-12 France - 1999

In one of the most emphatic victories in a World Cup final, Australia put France to the sword with a 35-12 victory at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Burke’s pinpoint accuracy from the boot helped win the day as he scored seven penalties on two conversions on the day.

Ben Tune and Owen Finegan scored the tries for the Wallabies, while the French could only muster four penalties from the boot of Christophe Lamaison.

Having stunned New Zealand 43-31 in the semi-finals at Twickenham, France could not find the same level against Australia and Wallabies skipper John Eales was the man left raising the Webb Ellis Trophy aloft for his country.

Australia have caused upsets before and will need to do so again if they are to triumph at the 2023 World Cup in France.

The Wallabies are currently 11.00 to win the tournament, while New Zealand are the favourites at 3.50.  

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