The Rugby World Cup in Japan 2019 is considered memorable by many fans. That was due to the great atmosphere and the action on the pitch. Some fans were so excited that are still calling this event as the best rugby tournament ever held in Japan. Numerous great moments ensured that this World Cup got many great moments that will be written into the history of the sport forever. We take another look back and recap some of the highlights from Japan. The following scenes and incidents will never be forgotten by the rugby fans.
First of all, there is Cheslin Kolbe. He shone the most on the South Africa team. The little player rose to the same class as stars like Shane Williams and Jason Robinson. He confused the opponents in defence and triumphed. Juan Manuel Garinara also caused great emotions. He burst into tears in an interview after the game against Fiji. The incredible win against the much stronger opponent was too much for him. Uruguay had delivered a great match, and Garminara was proud of their country. He had draped the national flag around his shoulders. In conversation, he announced that his country may not be one of the greatest, but that they wanted to win. The hosts of the Brave Blossoms made it to the quarter-finals at home for the first time in their history. Keita Inagaki showed what was probably the best loose-head prop that one had ever seen. The speed game of the Blossoms affected, they won 28:21 against Scotland.
The Best Of All
Josh Adams triumphed at RWC 2019. The wing player wasn’t the only one who managed a hat trick, but he was the most impressive. The Cardiff Blues flyer overshadowed all opponents. He scored seven times in six games, including the hat trick. He was one of only four players who managed this feat at the Rugby World Cup in Japan. TJ Perenara’s incredible blindside try was named IRPA Try of the Year at the World Rugby Awards 2019, and rightly so. But it was someone else’s responsibility that it came to that. Substitute Brad Weger played a reverse no-look pass behind his back. That brilliant move made everything that happened next possible. The game ended 71: 9 for the New Zealand All Black against Namibia.
After Australia’s quarter-final defeat by England, Christian Lealiifano and his young son had a tearful embrace. The scene touched the audience and let the emotions go high. They remembered that the player had only had leukaemia around three years ago. Leiliifano underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, and then made a fantastic comeback. This fate connects him with Nasi Manu. He received a standing ovation from the spectators at the Sapporo stadium after his return to the field. He too had previously struggled with cancer. All of these scenes made the Rugby World Cup in Japan a memorable tournament.