Estimados: en esta segunda parte podrán revivir, en mi opinión, uno de los acontecimientos más importantes del rugby inglés, tal como la obtención en el año 2003 del Campeonato Mundial de Rugby en Australia. Las otras dos fechas sobresalientes de la Inglaterra rugbística, fueron en el Siglo XIX, en primer lugar y liderado por W. W. Ellis, fue cuando en 1823 inventó el rugby y el otro hecho, fue en 1871 con la fundación de la RFU.
Dear friends, In this second part you may live again what was, in my opinion, one of the outstanding moments in English rugby, namely the World Rugby Championship Australia 2003. Other similar moments were in the 19th century, when W.W.Ellis invented the game (1823) and again in 1871 with the founding of the RFU.

He aquí el Siglo XXI (Now for the 21th Century):
2003- Inglaterra se consagra Campeón del Mundo en Australia, venciendo a los locales por 20 a 17. Estadio Telstra (Sidney) ante 82.957 espectadores. (England World Champion)
2003- England defeats Australia 20-17 to become World Champions (Telstra Stadium, attendance 82.957)
The Best

La campaña de Inglaterra fue la siguiente:

a) Grupo C: Inglaterra 84 – 06 Georgia ;Inglaterra 25 – 06 Sudafrica; Inglaterra 35 – 22 Samoa e Inglaterra 111 – 13 Uruguay.
England’s matches were a) Pool C: defeated Georgia 84 – 06, defeated South Africa 25 – 06,Steve Walter Thompson (born in Hemel Hempstead) he said “The first feeling was one of relief. It was very quiet when we got back to the changing room”) England 35 – 22 Samoa 22 and England 111 – 13 Uruguay.

b) Cuartos de final: Inglaterra 28 – 17 Gales;
Quarter-final England 28 – 17 Wales; Jonny Peter Wilkinson (born in Frimley) he said “In the second half we were far better and we managed to come through.That tells you a great deal about the character within the side”)

c) Semifinal: Inglaterra 24 – 07 Francia.
Semi-final England 24 – 07 France; Clive Ronald Woodward (born in Ely, coach) he said “If we’ve got to win ugly then fine.I asked the guys to play their biggest game of the tournament and they did it”)

d) FINAL: Australia 17 – 20 Inglaterra.
Final Australia 17 – 20 England. Martin Osborne Johnson (born in Shirley, Solihull) he said :”I can’t say enough about the team .We had the lead then lost it ,then came back and then ‘Wilko’ at the end -I just can’t say enough”).

Inglaterra fue el equipo que más drops convirtió, es decir 8 y Jonny Wilkinson fue el goleador máximo del Mundial con 113 tantos.
England was the team with most drop-goals (8), and Johnny Wilkinson was the top kicker (113 points).

Formación (Team): Josh Lewsey (Wasps, 15); Ben Cohen (Northampton, 11), Mike Tindall (Bath, 12), Will Greenwood (Haarlequins, 13) & Jason Robinson (Sale, 14); Jonny Wilkinson (Newcastle, 10) & Matt Dawson (Nothampton, 9); Richard Hill (Saracens, 6), Neil Back (Leicester, 7) & Lawrence Dallagio(8, Wasps); Martin Johnson (Leicester, cap, 4) & Ben Kay (Leicester ,5); Trevor Woodman (Gloucester, 1), Steve Thomson (Nothampton, 2) & Phil Vickery (Gloucester, 3).

Secuencias (key moments of the game):
PT (First half)
6′ try de Australia, 5-0;
12′ penal de Wilkinson, 5-3.
19′ penal de Wilkinson, 5-6.
28′ penal de Wilkinson, 5-9.
38′ try de Robinson, 5-14.

ST(Second half)
47′, 53′ penales de Australia, 11-14
78′ entra Mike Cat (Bath, 21) por M. Tindall.
80′ entra Jason Leonard (Harlequins, 17) por P. Vickery
80′ penal de Australia, 14 -14.

Tiempo Suplementario (Extra time)
82′ penal de Wilkinson, 14-17
85′ entra Iain Balshaw (Bath, 22) por J. Lewsey.
93′ entra Lewis Moody (Leicester, 19) por R. Hill.
97′ penal de Australia, 17 -17.
100′ DROP de WILKINSON, 17-20.

Sustitutos que no jugaron (Players replacements, don’t played):
Dorian West, Martin Corry & Kyran Bracken.
Referee: A. Watson (Sudáfrica).

Resumen: un try de Robinson, 4 penales de Wilkinson y un drop de Wilkinson, este en tiempo de descuento que le da la victoria al Seleccionado de La Rosa por 20 a 17.

111 tackles; penales concedidos (penalties conceded) 14; scrums ganados (won) 10/10; lines ganados (won)20/28; rucks/mauls ganados (won) 99/102.

Otros jugadores del Plantel (Other squad members): Joe Worsley, Andy Gomarsall, Paul Grayson, Julian White, Dan Luger, Mark Regan, Danny Grewcock, Simon Shaw & Stuart Abbot.
Data Final RWC 2003

Titulares de los diarios británicos (Quotes from British newspapers headlines)
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (november 23, 2003)
Tapa/Cover: “Champions of the world”.
Page two; Simon Hart: “The Prince’s Harry shirt, a gift from Wilkinson, has the old Cellnet logo”. “Harry friend Jonny Wilkinson”.
Tapa/Cover, Sport Section: “THE BEST”. “Jonny Wilkinson’s extra time drop goal wins the World Cup for England”. “England ascend to greatness”.
Page two; Paul Ackford said “Wilkinson grabs glory for England”.
Simon Hart said: “Wilkinson earns his place among greats”.
David Kirk (cap.New Zealand to World Cup victory in 1987): “Star no longer a big enough word for peerless Wilkinson”. “The extraordinary fly-half and his inspirational captain stand head and shoulders above those who would be famous”.
Souvenir of England’s Triumph:
Paul Ackford opinion: “Woodward’s long and winding path to the prize”.
Brough Scott opinion: “Lionhearts who led the way”. “The England captain Martin Johnson and fly-half Jonny Wilkinson have eamed their place in yhe national Consciousness”.

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH (november 24, 2003).
Tapa/Cover: “WE ARE CHAMPIONS… OF THE WORLD”.
Rugby World Cup 2003 Souvenir Special.
MARTIN JOHNSON said: “Winning the World Cup is fantastic for the players ,the management and whole of England. After Australia kicked the equalising penalty,we called a long kick-off and went straight up the middle. We then had ‘Wilko’ in front of the sticks to win the World Cup and you just wouldn’t have anyone else there would you?”
Paul Hayward: “England’s heroes keep their feet on the ground”. “By Jupiter! So this is what winning feels like”.
Matt Dawson (player view): “Led to glory by greatest of them all”.
Sue Mott: “Wilko factor is crucial”.

2015- Se juega el Mundial en Inglaterra, como país principal pero también aprovecho esta oportunidad para felicitar a Gales por los partidos realizados en Cardiff y por el apoyo al torneo de su gente.
2015- The World Rugby Championship UK: mainly organized by England but very well aided by Wales, who I must congratulate for the games played in Cardiff, and the welsh support for the tournament.

Como complemento a los Hitos Históricos, y basándome en los inicios del rugby inglés y por supuesto de sus clubes que son el “ALMA MATER” de nuestro deporte, voy nombrar los clubes más antiguos de cada Unión o County, y entre paréntesis el año de fundación de los mismos. Solo tomé dos excepciones dado que son clubes que conocí personalmente hace algunos años y fuimos excelentemente recibidos en el tour de mi club (Club Champagnat de Buenos Aires) y ellos son Alnwick RFC y High Wycombe RUFC .
Based on the fact that rugby was born in England, and that their clubs became the Alma Mater of our sport, I will mention the oldest Clubs in each Union or County and, in brackets, the year they were founded. I have only made two exceptions, with two clubs I know personally from visits a few years ago, when we toured with my Club (Champagnat, of Buenos Aires) and were rewarded with the outstanding hospitality of Alnwick RFC and High Wycome RUFC.
Martin Johnson 2003

Cornwall County Union (1884)=
Truro RFC (1871),Penryn RFC (1872), Falmouth RFC (1873), Redruth RFC (1875) and Camborne RFC (1878).
Devon County Union (1877) =
Exeter University RFC (St. Luke’s College/1860), Exeter RFC (1871), Exmouth RFC(1873), Paignton RC (1873) and Newton Abbot RFC (1873).
Dorset & Wiltshire RFU(1895 )=
Sherborne School (1846), Marlborough College (1861), Dorchester RFC (1871) and Swindon RFC (1896).
Gloucestershire RFU (1891)=
Cirencester RFC (1866), Clifton RFC (1872), Painswick RFC (1872), Gloucester RFC (1873) and Stroud RFC (1873) .
Somerset County U Limited (1875)=
Bath Rugby (1865), Wiveliscombe RFC (1872), Clevedon RC (1872), Wellington RFC (1874) and Weston -super-Mare RFC ( 1874) .
Berkshire County U(1931)=
Wellington College (founder, 1859), Reading RC (1898), Windsor RC (amalgame Windsor RFC-1922 and Old Windsorians RFC -1925), Maindenhead RFC (1922), Redingensians RFC (1924) and Newbury RFC (1928)
Buckinghamshire County U (1949) =
Olney RFC (1877), Amersham & Chiltern RFC (1924), High Wycombe RFC(1927), Slough RFC (1928) and Aylesbury RFC (1932).
Hampshire U (1910)=
a-Trojans RC (1874), United Services Portsmouth RFC (1882), Bournemouth RFC (1893), Winchester RFC (1929); b-Guernsey RFC (1913); c-Isle of Wight RFC (1924).
Heretfordshire County U (1952)=
Old Merchant Taylors RFC (1882), University College, Shenley (1897), Barnet RFC (1919), Bishops Stortford RFC (1920) and Old Albanians RFC (1924).
Middlesex County RFU(1879)=
Civil Service RFC, Chiswick (founder, 1863), St. Pauls School, Osterley (founder, 1850), Harlequins FC (founder, 1866), Wasps RUFC (1867), Twickenham RFC (1867 in Hampton Wick).
Oxfordshire U (1932)=Oxford University RFC (1869), Banbury RUFC (1925), Henley RFC (1930), Witney RFC (1935) and St. Edward’s Martyrs (1936).
Essex County RFU =
Southend RFC(1870), Old Blues RFC(1873), Colchester RFC(1875) and Epping Upper Clapton RFC (1879).
Kent County U(1880)=
Blackheath RFC (founder, 1858; visited Argentina); Gravensend RFC (1880), Maidstone RC (1880), Sid Cup RFC (1883), Ashford RFC (1885) and Sheppey RFC (1892)
Surrey Rugby (1879)=
Guy’s Hospital RFC (founder, 1843), Richmond RFC (founder, 1861), Wimbledon RFC (founder, 1865), King’s College Hospital RFC (founder, 1869), London Scottish FC (1878) and Rosslyn Park FC (1879); in 1893, was first visit of an English club to France, Rosslyn Park FC beat Stade Francais in Paris).
Sussex County U Limited (1883)=
Brighton RFC (1868), Eastbourne RFC (1895), Worthing RFC (1920), Chischester RFC (1926) and Horsham RUFC (1928)
East Midlands U (1897)=
Peterborough RUFC(1870), Kettering RFC (1871), Long Buckby RFC (1875), Old Oundelians RUFC (1876) and Wellingborough RFC (1879).
Eastern Counties U (1890) =
Ipswich RC (1870), Cambridge University RFUC (1872), Old Leysians RFC (1877), Lowestoft & Yarmouth RFUC(1879) and Norwich RFC (1884).
Leicestershire RU Limited (1887)=
Lutterworth RFC (1872), Oadby Wyggestonian RFC (1877), Leicester Tigers Club (1880), Belgrave RFC (1883) and Hinckley RFC (1892).
Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire RFU (1948 or 1921)=Nottingham RFC(1877), Derby RFC (1892), Lincoln RFC(1892), Stamford RFUC (1902) and Newark RUFC (1919).
Warwickshire U (1914)=Rugby FC (1873), Coventry RFC (1874), Stratford -on-Avon RFC (1877), Nuneaton RFC (1879) and Handsworth RUFC (1886).
Cheshire County Union (1875)=
Congleton RUFC (1860), Sale FC (1861), Birkenhead Park FC (1871), Macclesfield RUFC (1874) and New Brighton FC (1875).
Isle of Man: Douglas RUFC(1873)
Lancashire County RFU (1881)=Liverpool St.Helens (1857), Manchester RC (1860), Preston Grasshopers RFC(1869), Southport RFC (before 1872) and Bury RUFC (1875).
North Midlands RFU =Hereford RFC(1870), Worcester RFC (1871), Bromsgrove RFC (1872), Kidderminster Carolians RFC (1872), Moseley RFC (1873), Ross-on-Wye RC (1873) and Shrewsbury RC (1908).
Staffordshire U (1923 )=Burter-on-Trent RFC (1870), Lichfield RUFC (1874), Wolverhampton RUFC (1875) and Stafford RUFC (1876).
Cumbria RFU Limited (1919)=
Carlisle RFC (1873), Millom RUFC (1873), Ambleside RUFC (1874), Aspatria RUFC (1875), Whitehaven RUFC(1877) and Woorkigton RFC (1877).
Durham County U (1876)=
Darlington RFC (1863), Durham City RFC (1872), Stockton-on-Tees RFC (1873), Sunderland RFC (1873), Westoe RFC (1875) and Durham University RFC (1875).
Northumberland RU (1880)=
Percy Park RFC (1872), Northern FC (1875), Tynedale RFC (1876), Gosforth RFC (1877) and Alnwick RFC (1933)
Yorkshire Union (1870)=
Otley RUFC (1865), Bradford & Bingley RUFC (1866), Huddersfield RUFC (1869), Harrogate RUFC (1871), Middlesbrough RUFC ( 1872) abd Yarnbury RFC (1872).

Me despido de este brillante 2015 para el Rugby Mundial, nuevamente diciendo gracias a Inglaterra, felicitando a los All Blacks, felicitando a Los Pumas y por supuesto a todos los países participantes y por último recordando a un grande del rugby neozelandés, me refiero al extraordinario ser humano y wing de su seleccionado Jonah Tali Lomu (1975-2015), un jugador que hacía 100 metros en 10,7 segundos, medía 1,96 mts. y pesaba 120 kg,era nacido en Auckland y asistió al Wesley College. El extraordinario “LOMU”, es de todo el rugby mundial y vale la pena recorrer su camino que fue el que nos deleitó durante años con su juego, con su velocidad, con su potencia y fundamentalmente con sus tries, gracias por todo y en la memoria para siempre.

I bid farewell to the 2015 season which has shone for World Rugby, thanking England once again and congratulating the All Blacks and Los Pumas.  A word of appreciation for Jonan Tali Lomu, a wonderful person and player for his team. Lomu could run 100 metres in 10,7 seconds, was 1,96 meters tall, weighed 120 Kg , born in Auckland and studied at Wesley College. Outstanding “LOMU” belongs to world rugby and is worth remembering for his fantastic career, his game, speed, strength and many tries. We remember him dearly and are grateful

Eduardo García Sáenz (ECDC)

  • Marcelo de Elizalde

    A decir verdad Nicheto has dado una información inédita para muchos, indudablemente el rugby es una cosa mas que importante para vos.- Te felicito por lo hecho y agradezco que me hayas incluído dentro de tus “lectores”, pues salvando las distancias a uno tambien este deporte que hemos practicado nos ha llenado mucho la vida.-.- Abrazo.-

  • EDUARDO GARCIA SAENZ

    Querido MARCELO : te agradezco tus comentarios y te comento que escrito tres o cuatro artículos mas sobre el deporte en Inglaterra ,algunos en inglés ,otros en inglés y castellano y otros solo en español .
    Si querés saber los titulos o que te mande alguno hacemelo saber .

    Abrazo,
    Nicheto

  • Tony Sibbald

    Como es habitual, tus publicaciones de gran nivel. Gracias Nicheto!!