Legends of the Cup: Part three

England captain Martin Johnson lifted the World Cup in 2003, followed by Springboks skipper John Smit four years later. Photo / Getty Images
England captain Martin Johnson lifted the World Cup in 2003, followed by Springboks skipper John Smit four years later. Photo / Getty Images

With the 2011 Rugby World Cup less than a month away, the Herald looks back at the past six tournaments in a three part series.

The final edition looks at the 2003 and 2007 tournaments.

Part one: 1987 and 1991
Part two: 1995 and 1999

2003
Video: Great World Cup moments - 2003

How we won it: England - A bloody-minded band of brothers

Setting the scene: Mitchell at the helm as England rises

Tournament action: Four more years - the tournament goes on

Tournament star: Martin Johnson - Hard leader of the pack

ABs memories: Justin Marshall - 'Danger of World Cups is they mean so much'

2007
Video:Great World Cup moments - 2007

How we won it: South Africa - Python applies squeeze

Setting the scene: Henry gets his (first) go at the title

Ref's contentious calls leave nation seething

Tournament action: Boks hold nerve in a Cup of big upsets

Tournament star: Agustin Pichot - Skipper who shamed IRB

ABs memories: Anton Oliver - 'It was like slow strangulation'

2011
Looking ahead:High stakes in road to redemption

Hold heads high whatever the result

World Cup highlights

The greatest upsets

The greatest RWC tries
Video: All Blacks greatest World Cup tries

- NZ Herald

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