Eric Rush

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South African president Nelson Mandela presents the William Webb Ellis trophy to captain Francois Pienaar after the victory over New Zealand in the 1995 Rugby World Cup Final at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Poisonous coffee. The Friday morning before the World Cup final Frank Bunce gingerly moved off his toilet bowl to track down Dr Mike Bowen. “Doc, I g(...)

Jonah Lomu runs through the Ireland defence at Ellis Park in Johannesburg during the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

All Black teenager, dead at 40, Jonah Lomu did plenty of living in between. Johannesburg May 27th, 1995 is where and when rugby gets divided into two(...)

Eric Rush, one of the lucky few All Blacks who avoided food poisoning prior to the 1995 World Cup final, believes if the game had been played a day earlier New Zealand wouldn’t have been able to put a side out. Photograph: Getty

The 1995 World Cup final provided one of the most iconic moments of all time, not just within sport and certainly not just within rugby, as Nelson Man(...)