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SYDNEY – The unerring boot of Jonny Wilkinson had been the talk of the 2003 Rugby World Cup to date and in a fitting end to an epic final it was his magical right-footed drop goal that won England the William Webb Ellis Trophy for the first time in Sydney on Saturday night.

A Rugby World Cup record crowd of 82,957 at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium saw England see off a determined Australia 20-17 after extra time, in a drama-filled clash, with Wilkinson’s drop goal in the dying seconds.

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