Classic Match – England vs France

This entry was posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2011

World Cup Quarter-Final 19th October 1991.

When England step out to face France in Auckland on Saturday, many rugby aficionados will be recalling the last time the two nations met at this stage during a World Cup, back in 1991.

In the days leading up to the game, the press built it up as an opportunity for France to seek revenge for their Grand Slam decider defeat seven months prior.

As the anthems were played, 18 stone hooker Phillipe Marocco started bawling his eyes out and with emotions running high, it appeared as though a brutal, ferocious 80 minutes was à la carte at the Parc des Princes in Paris and so it proved.

England’s pack started their fierce attack within moments of the game throwing around the revered Serge Blanco, and a gruelling match was locked at 10-10 with just 20 minutes left.

Then came the defining moment. With France pressing for a try that would have secured victory, the ball made its way to 6ft 4in Marc Cecillion who was eyeing up the line. Mick Skinner then made the tackle of his life, not only stopping the Frenchmen but forcing him back five yards with incredible force. From that moment England regained the momentum, and went on to win 19-10.

Skinner went on to be a media pundit, Cecillion murdered his wife and is currently in jail. Which French player will find himself in chokey twenty years hence? Tune in Saturday morning to find out.


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