New Zealand rugby players can forget about a third consecutive world title. The big favorite was surprisingly lost 19-7 to England in the World Cup semi-final in Japan on Saturday.
After a start try of the English – the fastest in history against New Zealand in the World Cup – he was halfway 10-0. In the second half, the defending champion fell from 13-0 to 13-7, but a definitive comeback was not really possible.
England’s supremacy against the New Zealanders was striking, with the country losing fifteen of the last sixteen meetings with the world number one.
New Zealand had also won eighteen World Cup matches in a row. The last defeat of the “All Blacks” in the world championship dates from October 6, 2007, when France was too strong in the quarter-finals.
In the last two World Cups New Zealand won the world title and the country was also the best in 1987. England were allowed to declare themselves world champions in 2003 and were last in the final four. years later.
The other semi-finalist will come out of the match between Wales and South Africa, two-time world champions, on Sunday. If Wales win, the World Cup final will be played between two countries in the northern hemisphere for the first time in history. The final will take place next Saturday.
New Zealand rugby defeat. (Photo: Pro Shots)