Rugby World Cup 2019: The most iconic images in history from Nelson Mandela to the Queen

Take a journey through rugby union history ahead of the ninth World Cup in Japan

Jack de Menezes
Thursday 12 September 2019 12:12 BST

Who will become the ninth lucky captain to lift the Webb Ellis Cup on the 2 November? The answer will be revealed over the course of the next seven weeks when Rugby World Cup plays out in Japan.

It’s a tournament that has supplied many iconic images over the last 32 years, from Nelson Mandela’s ground-breaking moment with Springboks captain Francois Pienaar in 1995 to the sight of Queen Elizabeth II being introduced to England squads eight years apart in 1991 and 1999.

And who can forget Jonny Wilkinson’s famous extra-time drop-goal to clinch the 2003 tournament, or the way New Zealand finally ended 24 years of hurt?

They all feature in the most iconic images in Rugby World Cup history, where we take a walk back through each of the global gatherings and the moments that defined them along the way.

Click through the gallery above to see each image.

Listen to Episode Two of The Indy Rugby Podcast above.

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