The Best Rugby Games At Twickenham Stadium

Some of the greatest games of rugby union in history have graced `Twickers`, with not all of them necessarily great triumphs for the home nation.

Certainly, one of the most memorable games at the famous old stadium did not involve England at all. It was an international match though. The World Cup of 1999 was held in the UK and two of the world`s most entertaining sides, France and New Zealand`s famous All Blacks made the final.

No one gave the French a chance, but flamboyant stand-off Christophe Lamaison had other ideas. Though the Frenchman had scored his country`s first try early on in the match, Les Bleus were losing 24-10 early on in the second half and there looked to be no way back.

Lamaison led his side to an amazing fightback though, kicking two drop goals and two penalties to bring the score back to 24-22. Then the natural flair and elan of French rugby players took over and Les Bleus stormed to a 43-31 victory, scoring 26 unanswered points in just 13 minutes of play. A stunning display, this is truly one of the greatest games of rugby union played anywhere, not just at Twickenham.

The annual clashes between England and Wales have also thrown up some massively entertaining matches over the years. English fans will always remember the team of the late 1990s and early 2000s which was put together by Clive Woodward and went on to win the World Cup of 2003 in South Africa. They put a real marker down regarding their quality with a famous win over Wales at Twickenham in 1998.

Although Alan Bateman opened the scoring for Wales, a Lawrence Dallaglio and Will Greenwood inspired English pack drove the hosts to a 60-26 victory. That emphatic scoreline was a record points haul for the English against their old enemies the Welsh and really showed that Woodward`s team had all the talent required to stake their own claim to greatness.

Scotland is a rugby nation which does not have happy memories of trips to Twickenham, but the last time that they won there, in 1983, saw one of their finest ever players score possibly his best international try in a 22-12 victory. Scrum-half Roy Laidlaw, relieved of the captaincy for the Scots` last game of the 1983 Five Nations tournament, had had a poor campaign that year, with his team losing their first three matches.

Laidlaw, always linked in history with his half-back partner John Rutherford, on this occasion scored a crucial try by ignoring his stand-off, not passing to break over the English line and score the crucial try himself. The game was a turning point for Scottish rugby union. With Jim Aitken installed as skipper they went on to win the Grand Slam the following year, with Laidlaw and Rutherford cementing their place in history.