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No, the values of rugby are not lost. On November 22, 2003, in the final of the Rugby World CupIAustralia bows to theEngland (20-17), following an assassin drop by a certain Jonny Wilkinson. justin harrisonthen holder in second line with the Wallabiesdecides to throw his silver medal in Sydney Harbor the day after the defeat.
“An immense regret” had evoked the ex-player then coach of the Racing Club Narbonnais. But questioned by the Australian media Stan Sports Friday July 15 alongside the former Australian international Morgan Torino (20 selections, passed by Dax, Stade Français and Lille), the giant Justin Harrison received from the hands of Jeff Blackettethe president of the English Rugby Federation, a priceless gift: a replacement medal.
A gesture from the English federation
Justin Harrison (48) wanted to give his medal to his two sons, Jack and Hugo. the Australian had therefore been without a medal since 2003. But after the presentation of his replacement medal, the former beam of the Australian pack burst into tears. It must be said that the latter did not expect this. Harrison was to speak about the rivalry between Australia and England, on the eve of the third test between the two nations, finally won by England (21-17).
We learn in the local newspaper of Sydney Morning Heraldthat the president of the RFU (English Rugby Federation), Jeff Blackett, with the help of the president of World Rugby Will Beaumont, had contacted the manufacturers of the 2003 World Cup medals. The RFU and the Australian Federation (Rugby Australia), presented by Hamish McLennan, paid to manufacture a new medal. “It is a great lesson in humility to contemplate the amount of effort and people encouraged to make this happen,” explained the former second line to the Australian newspaper. The English may well be our greatest enemies, but what a gesture they have succeeded in!
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