November 15 down the years
Wallabies reach third World Cup final
Australia celebrated an upset victory on this day in 2003
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Australia surprised the All Blacks and won the first of the Rugby World Cup semi-finals 22-10 at the Telstra Stadium in Sydney. Elton Flatley underlined his worth with five penalties to make Australia the first side to qualify for three World Cup finals. The reigning champions were underdogs heading in to the game, but backed by a cry of 'Don't die wondering' from the press the Wallabies pulled off a huge upset. The key moment came when Carlos Spencer's loose pass was gleefully picked off by Stirling Mortlock, who raced 80 metres to score under the sticks and send New Zealand in to mourning once again.
England drew 15-15 with Australia in a lacklustre Test that was Clive Woodward's first as national coach in succession to Jack Rowell. Mike Catt kicked five penalties for the home side, who produced little to inspire a 75,000 strong crowd inside Twickenham. The Wallabies scored two tries, to scrum-half George Gregan and reliable winger Ben Tune.
France beat New Zealand 16-3 at Nantes: the last All Blacks' Test defeat for a record 23-match run. Centre Denis Charvet and lock Alain Lorieux scored tries for the French, who levelled a two Test series.
The Springboks encountered the most violent exchanges of their tour as police and anti-apartheid demonstrators clashed outside the St Helen's Ground in Swansea where the tourists defeated the local club 12-0.
For their meeting with the All Blacks, Bedford stirred a controversy by
drafting in two Irish international players, two Northampton players and two from Gloucester. It's was all water off a duck's back for the New Zealanders who won comfortably 41-0, Jimmy Hunter crossing for four tries.
Jerry Walsh, the 28-year-old Ireland centre who won 26 caps, announced that he had retired from the game owing to his commitments as a doctor.