12 reasons why the 1995 Rugby World Cup was the best of all

South Africa triumphed, Johah Lomu wreaked havoc and amateur era waved goodbye.

1. It featured Jonah Lomu at his peak

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2. South Africa winning in a final to remember was a genuine upset

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3. It was so good it inspired a movie/book

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4. It was the last major hurrah of the amateur era — two months later, the IRFB opened the sport to professionalism

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5. It featured the mother of all ‘dust-ups’

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6. New Zealand broke the record for most points scored in a single match — a record that still stands today

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7. It was many people’s first memories of the Haka

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8. There was no shortage of quality tries

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9. It had a memorable opening titles sequence

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10. It wasn’t a particularly memorable World Cup for Ireland, but they were involved in one of the closest matches of the tournament against Wales

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11. This montage captures the excitement of the event

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12. There were plenty of shenanigans off the field

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Rugby Union World Cup 1995 -England Training Source: EMPICS Sport

Rugby Union World Cup 1995 ... England Team Go-karting Source: EMPICS Sport

Rugby Union - World Cup South Africa 1995 - Ireland - Sun City Holiday Resort Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Rugby Union - 1995 Rugby World Cup - Scotland Training Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Rugby Union World Cup 1995 -England Source: EMPICS Sport

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