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TOWNSVILLE, Australia — Talk about living up to your nickname!

Australia is known as “the lucky country” and for sports fans Oct. 10 was certainly a lucky day to be in the land down under. A sensational record-breaking performance from Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden in Perth proved to be the perfect curtain raiser for the opening ceremony and opening game of the 2003 Rugby World Cup, watched by 81,350 at Telstra Stadium, the biggest crowd in the tournament’s history and a TV audience worldwide in the hundreds of millions.

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