One of the best ways to learn about rugby, the culture, the teams and the rules is to watch videos. We have created our own Orca Youth Rugby YouTube channel to help you learn more about rugby.
As part of our Orca Youth Rugby YouTube channel we have created some playlists to help breakdown rugby. Categories include: Orca Youth Rugby, Rugby Training, What is rugby?, We love rugby, Games highlights and USA Rugby.
In addition, our Orca Facebook page has a selection of videos on it, including videos from earlier in the clubs history.
Some of the greatest rugby matches in the history of the sport.
1. 2000 – Australia versus New Zealand
In July 2000, nearly 110,000 fans at Stadium Australia witnessed one of the most exciting and nail-biting games ever seen. The New Zealand All Blacks, filled with greats like Jonah Lomu, Christian Cullen, Justin Marshall and Tana Umaga, started like an express train and were 24-0 up within six minutes. Stunned in to action, the Wallabies were able to draw level by half time aided by two tries from Stirling Mortlock. Fortunes then seesawed with the home side holding a 35-34 lead with full time beckoning. It was then that Lomu took a pass from Taine Randell, got through Stephen Larkham’s attempted tackle and went over for the winning score to give New Zealand a 39-35 victory.
2. 1973 – Barbarians versus New Zealand
Played in front of 50,000 spectators at Cardiff Arms Park, this match is widely regarded as one of the finest ever played. Perhaps scrappy by modern standards, the game was played with the traditional cavalier attitude of the Barbarians and within the opening few minutes Welshman Gareth Edwards went over for a try that had its beginnings with brilliant play from Phil Bennett near his own try line and is viewed by many as the best try of all time. It was to set the standard for a thrilling game of rugby that included six tries and was played in a superb spirit. The result was a 23-11 win for the Barbarians.
3. 2003 – England versus Australia
England won 20–17 to win the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time, also becoming the first European side to win the cup. The scores were tied 14–14 at full time, and Jonny Wilkinson kicked a drop goal in the final minute of extra time to win the match. The final was the second to go to extra time.
4. 1987 – France versus Australia
The first World Cup final had long been predicted to be fought out by Australia and New Zealand. When France arrived at the Concord Oval to play the Wallabies in the semifinal, it seemed no one had remembered to give Les Bleus the script. The ball eventually landed in Serge Blanco’s hands, who out sprinted the Australian cover to dive in at the corner and record one of the game’s greatest ever moments of Gallic flair in a 30-24 win.
5. 2015 – Japan versus South Africa
Out of a clear blue English sky came a thunderbolt to eclipse anything the Rugby World Cup has ever seen. This was the biggest shock in rugby history, bar none, the kind of result that creates ripples beyond mere sport.
6. 1971 – New Zealand versus British & Irish Lions
The Lions won the first and third matches of the Test series, taking a 2-1 lead into match four. With just a draw needed to win the series, the match was a tight one and went into halftime deadlocked at 8-8. Early in the second half, the sides exchanged a try and a penalty to make it 11-11. That’s when fullback JPR WIlliams nailed a 45-meter drop goal that was pivotal in ultimately drawing the game at 14-14, giving the Lions the historic Test series win.
7. 2016 – Ireland versus New Zealand
Ireland recorded a historic first-ever victory over the All Blacks, winning 40-29 at Soldier Field in Chicago. The match was organised as part of ‘The Rugby Weekend’ to promote rugby in the USA – and it proved a perfect showcase for the sport.
8. 2003 England versus Ireland
Long-awaited Grand Slam glory as Martin Johnson’s near faultless England score five tries in Dublin, running away with it in the final quarter.