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Jonny Wilkinson and Nelson Mandela star in fans’ Priceless Rugby World Cup Moments  

As the world eagerly awaits the start of Rugby World Cup 2015, a new report from MasterCard has unveiled what rugby fans across 13 leading rugby nations believe are the most Priceless moments throughout the history of the Tournament.

According to the report, Nelson Mandela handing South Africa captain Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis Cup after South Africa’s victory over New Zealand in 1995 (23%) was voted one of the most priceless moments in the history of Rugby World Cup. Jonny Wilkinson’s winning drop goal in 2003 was the only moment to narrowly top this with 24% of the votes, whilst Ireland’s shock victory against Australia in 2011 (13%) made up the top three.

1. Jonny Wilkinson's winning drop goal at Rugby World Cup 2003

Ann Cairns, President, International Markets at MasterCard, said: “Rugby World Cup 2015 is the biggest sporting event of the year and MasterCard is delighted to be a true partner in an event that will truly deliver priceless moments and surprises for fans around the world.  Every four years the Rugby World Cup creates unforgettable moments that will forever live in the memory of rugby fans around the world. This year, MasterCard will be helping fans create and celebrate their own memories by connecting them to Priceless experiences ahead of and during Rugby World Cup 2015.”

The Priceless Moments Report was carried out for MasterCard by Motar London. There were over 4,000 respondents across 13 countries worldwide – England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Argentina, USA, Canada and Japan.