There may be no Northern Hemisphere teams left in the World Cup, but we can still marvel at the Home Union teams’ mastery of yesteryear.
Too Good Tuesday relives a movement dubbed ‘The Try of the Century’, scored by the Brit-stacked Barbarians against the touring 1973 All Blacks.
Widely regarded as one of the finest games of rugby ever played, the Cardiff Arms Park clash was won 23-11 by the composite ‘Baa Baas’ line-up after 80 minutes of sparkling attack and counterattack.
But legendary Wales halfback Gareth Edwards’ try was the undeniable highlight. Started on the Barbarians’ line by a hot-stepping Phil Bennett, the great Welsh flyhalf, and ending with the No.9 streaking away down the sideline, the four-pointer (rugby union did not increase the value of tries to five points until 1992) stacks up in any era.
The famed Barbarians will take on Argentina at Twickenham next month. Wallabies mentor Michael Cheika will the coach the side, which is set to contain Michael Hooper, Victor Matfield, Nameni Nadolo and All Blacks reps Nehe Milner-Skudder, Waisake Naholo, Charlie Faumuina, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Lima Sopoaga and Ryan Crotty.