September 17 down the years
Ireland upset the Aussies
New Zealand's Jonah Lomu stretches the England defence, England v New Zealand, Twickenham, England, December 6, 2007
Jonah Lomu stretches the England defence at Twickenham in 1997 © Getty Images
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Players/Officials: Mike Coulman | Sam Doble | Jonah Lomu | Sam Walker
Grounds: Old Trafford

A Sean O'Brien-inspired Ireland pulled off the biggest result in their Rugby World Cup history by stunning Australia 15-6 at Eden Park in Auckland. Jonathan Sexton and Ronan O'Gara both landed a brace of penalties for the victors, with the former also slotting a drop goal. The Wallabies, who lost flanker David Pocock to injury before kick-off, managed just penalties from James O'Connor by way of a response.

Jonah Lomu received the all clear to return to rugby after a lengthy lay-off due to a kidney disorder. The legendary New Zealand winger had been diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome in 1996 and his career had been in jeopardy. He missed the 1997 Tri-Nations before returning to the famous All Blacks jersey for the clash with England at Old Trafford in November the same year. However, Lomu continued to battle the disorder and dialysis treatment was eventually followed by a kidney transplant in 2004. The 6ft 5in giant was rugby's first global star. He burst onto the scene at the 1995 Rugby World Cup with some of the most destructive performances the game had ever seen and with professionalism in its infancy Lomu became rugby's first millionaire. He earnt a total of 63 caps between 1994 and 2002 - scoring 37 tries.

Ireland record a famous 15-6 victory over Australia in the pool stages of the 2011 Rugby World Cup. A heroic performance from Ireland's tight-five, especially at scrum time when they dismantled the Wallaby pack, put Australia firmly on the back foot. And behind a retreating pack, the Wallabies celebrated backline failed to fire. Fly-half Quade Cooper in particular copped a huge amount of criticism for his inability to vary his game according to the situation. The result ensured Ireland topped their pool and progressed to a quarter-final clash with Wales.

Moseley, England and British and Irish Lions prop Mike Coulman announced he was joining Salford Rugby League club. A record fee of £5000 was reported to have lured the 24-year-old policeman to the professional ranks but it meant he had to resign from the force.

Sam Walker's British and Irish Lions approached the conclusion of their first ever South African tour with a 19-16 win over Western Province Universities and Newlands. Walker, who captained the side 19 times in 23 matches during a gruelling tour crossed for a try along with Harry McKibbon who also kicked two conversions and three penalties, including one in the last minute to secure the win, in the tour's penultimate game.

Thirty-three-year-old Moseley and England fullback Sam Doble died in Birmingham after a long illness. Doble won three caps for his country and scored 14 points in England's 18-9 win over the Springboks in Johannesburg in 1972.

New Zealand and South Africa drew 0-0 at Wellington on a wet and windy day that left the first ever series between the two superpowers tied at a win a piece.


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