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Crikey! England win the Rugby World Cup!
on 23 September 2004
England's historic triumph in Australia at the Rugby World Cup 2003 desperately needs a "fly on the wall" video account. Though this DVD is close, it's not quite what the doctor ordered. First, it's a RWC (IRB?) release and relies on Australian match commentary, not ITV's. Though it does interview Sir Clive, Johnno, Will Greenwood, Mike Catt, Mike Tindall, and Trevor Woodman, there is no locker room or behind the scenes footage. To be fair, those interviewed are honest and articulate: for instance, Mike Catt revealing he knew he was too banged up to start the final. Then there's Greenwood's record use of the word "crikey."
That said, for a summary of England's campaign, it's pretty good. The narration from Sean Bean, switching codes, is excellent. The highlight of the DVD is a breakdown of the final plays that led to Wilko's drop goal. The only problem is that the only player not interviewed is Wilko himself--a glaring omission!
The extras include unusued footage of the final and the full England-Wales quarterfinal. This is an odd selection but apparently the production company did not want to crimp sales of the England-Australia final.