The 1991 World Cup saw five nations — England as the hosts with Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France — staging matches. And the best of the bunch took place at Ireland’s Lansdowne Road in a quarter-final between the Irish and Australia. With five minutes to play, it looked as if the fancied Aussies would be suffering another shock defeat in the latter stages of a World Cup, as flanker Gordon Hamilton (pictured being mobbed) somehow outpaced the great David Campese and scored what looked like being the winning try. But instead of choking, Australia, ably led by stand-in captain Michael Lyanagh, rolled up their sleeves and nicked a 19-18 victory. Their self-belief carried them all the way and Australia broke English hearts in the final to keep the Southern Hemisphere’s dominance going.
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