September 14 down the years
Flannery ruled out of RWC
South Africa's JP PIetersen touches down for a try, England v South Africa, Rugby World Cup, Stade de France, Paris, France, September 14, 2007
South Africa's JP Pietersen touches down to score against England on this day in 2007 © Getty Images

Injury-prone Ireland flanker Jerry Flannery sees his Rugby World Cup campaign ended by a calf problem. On the field, Dan Parks kicked Scotland to a 15-6 victory over Georgia, Canada came from behind to defeat Tonga 25-20 and Samoa routed Nambia, with winger Alesana Tuilagi bagging a hat-trick during a 49-12 win.

South Africa crushed England 36-0 in their Rugby World Cup Pool A clash at the Stade de France in Paris. England's deficiencies were ruthlessly exposed by South Africa at the Stade de France, the Springboks condemning the reigning champions to a record World Cup defeat. The Webb Ellis Trophy holders were swept aside as South Africa took charge through first-half tries from flanker Juan Smith and wing JP Pietersen. Pietersen added his second try after the break, while fullback Percy Montgomery added 18 points from the boot and centre Francois Steyn also landed a penalty. In World Cup terms, it eclipsed England's previous record loss - 44-21 against South Africa - in the same stadium eight years ago. The two sides would meet again in the final of the tournament where the Springboks would again triumph - 15-6 - to lift the sport's biggest prize.

Argentina were invited to join the Tri-Nations from 2012 to create a new "Four Nations" Championship. SANZAR, the umbrella group representing South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, opened the door to the Pumas provided they could guarantee the participation of their best players as well as a number of financial measures.

New Zealand's Rob Fisher resigned as deputy chairman of the International Rugby Board in the fall-out from the country's loss of planned 2003 Rugby World Cup hosting rights. New Zealand was removed as co-host in April of the same year when the International Rugby Board gave Australia the sole rights to stage the 48-match, 20-team tournament. Under an initial agreement, New Zealand was expected to host 23 matches, including a semi-final, with the opening match and final hosted by cup holder Australia. But the NZRFU refused to sign off on the co-host agreement in March, saying it could not deliver on tournament demands to provide stadiums that were free of advertising and comply with corporate seating entitlements.

A teenaged Barry John gave notice of his rising stock with a man-of-the-match display that included a brilliant try and a drop goal for Llanelli in their 17-13 defeat of a star-studded Irish Wolfhounds XV at Stradey Park.

Lord Ranfurly's eponymous Shield was awarded to the unbeaten Auckland side who become the first successful defenders of the prize.

The RFU issued a statement effectively cancelling all senior fixtures for the duration of the War but encouraging the arrangements of impromptu matches that "do not interfere with national duties."

New Zealand beat Australia 31-8 in Dunedin in the first post-war Test match staged on Antipodean soil.


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