MasterCard survey of more than 4,000 rugby fans around the world reveals the Tournament’s most iconic moments

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 Jonah Lomu’s rampaging try against England in 1995 named as the best ever try scored in a Rugby World Cup

  • New Zealand’s 2011 squad labelled the best team to ever compete at a Rugby World Cup
  • New Zealand voted the world’s favorite “second nation” to support
  • Dan Carter tipped as the standout player at Rugby World Cup 2015

LONDON, 12 August 2015 – 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.

The “Priceless Moments Report” from MasterCard, Official Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2015, also revealed the best tries ever scored throughout the Tournament’s history. New Zealand winger Jonah Lomu’s second try against England in the 1995 semi-final, renowned for its display of physical dominance over English backs Mike Catt, Will Carling and Tony Underwood took the crown with over 27% of the votes. Fellow New Zealander John Kirwan’s length of the field try against Italy in 1987 (15%) ran a close second, only narrowly surpassing Stephen Jones’ outstanding team try for Wales against England in 2003 (14%).

The Southern hemisphere domination continued when the report revealed that over a quarter of respondents (27%) voted New Zealand’s 2011 squad as the best team to ever compete at a Rugby World Cup. Martin Johnson’s winning 2003 England Rugby World Cup squad (18%) was the only Northern hemisphere team to make the top five, as the 1987 New Zealand climbed above Australia’s 1999 line-up to round-off the top three.

The survey also uncovered which nations rugby fans would like to see lift the Webb Ellis Cup if not their own. New Zealand proved the most popular nation with 27% of the votes, a trend backed by Japan where almost half (44%) of respondents opted for New Zealand. Surprisingly over a quarter of English rugby fans would actually like to see their old rivals Wales lift the Trophy.

With just over one month to go until Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks-off, rugby fans around the globe have tipped MasterCard ambassador Dan Carter to be the stand-out player at this year’s Tournament in England. Other players expected to make an impact include Welsh speedster George North (14%) and Ireland’s talisman Jonny Sexton (13%). Meanwhile, Canadian rugby fans have tipped Scottish fullback Stuart Hogg to steal the headlines.

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 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.

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Total Global Stats Breakdown: 

Position Moment Percentage of Votes
Most Priceless Moment                                                          
1 Jonny Wilkinson’s winning drop goal at Rugby World Cup 2003 24.30%
2 Nelson Mandela handing the Trophy to Francois Pienaar in 1995 23.50%
3 Ireland’s 15 – 6 shock victory over Australia in 2011 12.70%
4 Jonah Lomu’s four tries against England in 1995 10.80%
5 France’s comeback against New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup 1999 semi-final 8.90%
6 Other 6.80%
7 Australia score 22 tries v Namibia in the 2003 Tournament 4.00%
8 John Kirwan’s solo try for New Zealand v Italy in 1987 2.30%
9 David Kirk lifting the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time ever in 1987 2.00%
10 Martin Johnson lifting the Trophy in 2003 1.90%
Best Try Scored at a Rugby World Cup
1 Jonah Lumu’s second try against England in 1995 27.30%
2 John Kirwan’s solo try for New Zealand 15.40%
3 Stephen Jones’s try against England in 2003 13.70%
4 David Campese’s try against New Zealand in 1991 13.30%
5 Gordon Hamilton for Ireland against Australia in 1999 10.10%
6 Serge Blanco against Australia in 1987 8.10%
7 Takudzwa Ngwenya try v South Africa in 2007 7.10%
8 Other 4.90%
Best Team to Ever Compete at Rugby World Cup
1 New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup 2011 Squad 27.10%
2 England’s Rugby World Cup 2003 Squad 18.30%
3 New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup 1987 Squad 17.60%
4 South Africa’s Rugby World Cup 1995 Squad 9.60%
5 Australia’s Rugby World Cup 1999 Squad 9.00%
6 South Africa’s Rugby World Cup 2007 Squad 6.90%
7 Australia’s 1991 Rugby World Cup Squad 6.80%
8 Other 4.70%
Second Supporting Nation                     
1 New Zealand 26.50%
2 Ireland 11.20%
3 England 10.80%
4 Wales 10.60%
5 Australia 9.50%
6 Scotland 8.40%
7 South Africa 5.70%
8 Italy 5.60%
9 France 4.30%
10 Other 3.70%
Stand Out Player at Rugby World Cup 2015
1 Dan Carter 20.80%
2 George North 13.60%
3 Jonny Sexton 13.40%
4 Stuart Hogg 9.30%
5 Israel Folau 9.20%
6 Sergio Parisse 8.40%
7 Other 7.50%
8 Chris Robshaw 7.10%
9 Wesley Fofana 4.50%
10 Duane Vermeulen 4.10%

Stats Breakdown by Country:

Country Question Top Answer
England What is the greatest moment in Rugby World Cup history? Jonny Wilkinson’s winning drop goal in the RWC 2003 Final (71%)
What is the best try ever scored in a Rugby World Cup? Jonah Lomu’s second try against England in 1995 (39%)
What is the best team to ever play in a Rugby World Cup? England’s Rugby World Cup 2003 Squad (49%)
Apart from the team you support, who else would you like to see lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015? New Zealand (26%)
Who do you think will be the stand out player in Rugby World Cup 2015? Dan Carter (24%)
Standout statistics
Half of England supporters named England’s 2003 squad was the best to ever play at a Rugby World Cup
A quarter of England Fans would like to see Wales win Rugby World Cup 2015 if not England
One in three named Jonah Lomu’s second try against England in 1995 as the best try ever scored at a Rugby World Cup
England fans expect George North (18%) and Jonny Sexton (18%) to be stand out players at Rugby World Cup 2015
Scotland What is the greatest moment in Rugby World Cup history? Jonny Wilkinson’s winning drop goal in the RWC 2003 Final (24%)
What is the best try ever scored in a Rugby World Cup? Jonah Lomu’s second try against England in 1995 (45%)
What is the best team to ever play in a Rugby World Cup? New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup 1987 Squad (24%)
Apart from the team you support, who else would you like to see lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015? New Zealand (36%)
Who do you think will be the stand out player in Rugby World Cup 2015? Stuart Hogg (35%)
Standout statistics
One quarter (27%) of Scottish fans would like to see Ireland lift the Webb Ellis Cup if not Scotland
Over 70% of respondents said the best try in Rugby World Cup history was scored by a New Zealand player
Scotland fans named Jonny Wilkinson’s winning drop goal in 2003 as the most priceless Rugby World Cup moment
Stuart Hogg (35%) expected to steal the headlines as the stand out player at Rugby World Cup 2015
Wales What is the greatest moment in Rugby World Cup history? Jonny Wilkinson’s winning drop goal in the RWC 2003 Final (44%)
What is the best try ever scored in a Rugby World Cup? Stephen Jones’s try against England in 2003 (39%)
What is the best team to ever play in a Rugby World Cup? New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup 2011 Squad (29%)
Apart from the team you support, who else would you like to see lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015? England & Ireland tied (21%)
Who do you think will be the stand out player in Rugby World Cup 2015? George North (42%)
Standout Statistics
Over 40% of Welsh fans would like either England or Ireland to win Rugby World Cup 2015 if not Wales
Almost half of Welsh fans (44%) named Jonny Wilkinson’s winning drop goal in 2003 as the most priceless Rugby World Cup moment
George North (41%) expected to steal the headlines as the stand out player at Rugby World Cup 2015
Ireland What is the greatest moment in Rugby World Cup history? Ireland’s 15 – 6 shock victory over Australia in 2011 (56.70%)
What is the best try ever scored in a Rugby World Cup? Gordon Hamilton’s try against Australia in 1999 (37.80%)
What is the best team to ever play in a Rugby World Cup? New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup 2011 Squad (35.90%)
Apart from the team you support, who else would you like to see lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015? Wales (22.41%)
Who do you think will be the stand out player in Rugby World Cup 2015? Johnny Sexton (54.70%)
Standout Statistics
One in five (22%) fans would like to see Wales win Rugby World Cup 2015 if not Ireland
Over half (56%) of Irish fans voted Irelands 15 – 6 victory over Australia in 2011 as the most priceless moment in the history of Rugby World Cup
Jonny Sexton tipped to be the stand out player at Rugby World Cup 2015
France What is the greatest moment in Rugby World Cup history? France’s comeback against New Zealand in the Coupe du monde de rugby 1999 semi-final (40%)
What is the best try ever scored in a Rugby World Cup? Serge Blanco against Australia in 1987 (46%)
What is the best team to ever play in a Rugby World Cup? New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup 2011 Squad (38%)
Apart from the team you support, who else would you like to see lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015? New Zealand (50%)
Who do you think will be the stand out player in Rugby World Cup 2015? Dan Carter (29%)
Standout Statistics
40% of respondents said that France’s comeback against New Zealand in the 1999 semi-final was the best moment in Rugby World Cup history
Over one third (38%) of French fans voted New Zealand’s triumphant Rugby World Cup 2011 squad as the best team to ever compete at Rugby World Cup
Dan Carter expected to outshine Wesley Fofana at Rugby World Cup 2015, according to French rugby fans
Italy What is the greatest moment in Rugby World Cup history? Nelson Mandela handing the Trophy to Francois Pienaar (35%)
What is the best try ever scored in a Rugby World Cup? John Kirwan’s solo try for New Zealand (23%)
What is the best team to ever play in a Rugby World Cup? New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup 2011 Squad (25%)
Apart from the team you support, who else would you like to see lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015? New Zealand (28%)
Who do you think will be the stand out player in Rugby World Cup 2015? Sergio Parisse (24%)
Standout Statistics
One in four (25%) Italian fans said that New Zealand’s 2011 squad was the best to play in Rugby World Cup history
The only European nation to vote Nelson Madela presenting the Webb Ellis Trophy to Francois Pienaar in 1995 as the most iconic moment in the history of Rugby World Cup
John Kirwan’s length of the field try against Italy in 1987 voted the best try scored at a Rugby World Cup (23%)
New Zealand What is the greatest moment in Rugby World Cup history? Jonah Lomu’s four tries against England in 1995 (37%)
What is the best try ever scored in a Rugby World Cup? Jonah Lomu’s second try against England in 1995 (43%)
What is the best team to ever play in a Rugby World Cup? New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup 2011 Squad (69%)
Apart from the team you support, who else would you like to see lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015? Australia, South Africa and Ireland (15%)
Who do you think will be the stand out player in Rugby World Cup 2015? Dan Carter (59%)
Standout Statistics
One in three (32%) New Zealand fans said they would want Australia to win if not New Zealand
Three quarters (73%) of New Zealand fans said that the 2011 New Zealand squad was the best team to ever play at a Rugby World Cup
New Zealand fans would equally like to see Australia, South Africa or Ireland lift the Webb Ellis Cup if not the New Zealand (15%)
South Africa What is the greatest moment in Rugby World Cup history? Nelson Mandela handing the Trophy to Francois Pienaar (83%)
What is the best try ever scored in a Rugby World Cup? Jonah Lomu’s second try against England in 1995 (33%)
What is the best team to ever play in a Rugby World Cup? South Africa’s Rugby World Cup 1995 Squad (50%)
Apart from the team you support, who else would you like to see lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015? New Zealand (53%)
Who do you think will be the stand out player in Rugby World Cup 2015? Dan Carter (24%)
Standout Statistics
83% of South African fans said that Nelson Mandela handing South Africa captain Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis in 1995 was the most priceless Rugby World Cup moment
50% of all South African fans said that their Rugby World Cup 1995 Squad was the best team to ever compete at a Rugby World Cup
Takudzwa Ngwenya try against South Africa in 2007 received the second highest amount of votes with 27% of votes
Australia What is the greatest moment in Rugby World Cup history? Australia score 22 tries v Namibia in the 2003 Tournament (23%)
What is the best try ever scored in a Rugby World Cup? David Campese’s try against New Zealand in 1991 (43%)
What is the best team to ever play in a Rugby World Cup? Australia’s Rugby World Cup 1999 Squad (41%)
Apart from the team you support, who else would you like to see lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015? New Zealand (40%)
Who do you think will be the stand out player in Rugby World Cup 2015? Israel Folau (55%)
Standout Statistics
45% of Australian fans would want New Zealand to win Rugby World Cup 2015 if not Australia
43% of Australian fans said David Campese’s try against New Zealand in 1991 is the best try ever scored at a Rugby World Cup
Jonny Wilkinson’s Drop Goal against Australia in the Rugby World Cup 2003 Final received the second highest amount of votes with 19% of the total vote
Argentina What is the greatest moment in Rugby World Cup history? Nelson Mandela handing the Trophy to Francois Pienaar (44%)
What is the best try ever scored in a Rugby World Cup? Jonah Lomu’s second try against England in 1995 (31%)
What is the best team to ever play in a Rugby World Cup? New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup 2011 Squad (47%)
Apart from the team you support, who else would you like to see lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015? New Zealand (50%)
Who do you think will be the stand out player in Rugby World Cup 2015? Dan Carter (26%)
Standout Statistics
Half (50%) of Argentinian fans would want New Zealand to win Rugby World Cup 2015 if not Argentina
Argentinan Juan Imhoff only received 5% of the votes compared to Dan Carter who received 26% of the votes when identifying the stand out player at Rugby World Cup 2015
USA What is the greatest moment in Rugby World Cup history? Nelson Mandela handing the Trophy to Francois Pienaar (21%)
What is the best try ever scored in a Rugby World Cup? John Kirwan’s solo try for New Zealand (19%)
What is the best team to ever play in a Rugby World Cup? England’s Rugby World Cup 2003 Squad (27%)
Apart from the team you support, who else would you like to see lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015? Australia (21%)
Who do you think will be the stand out player in Rugby World Cup 2015? Johnny Sexton (21%)
Standout Statistics
Nelson Mandela handing the trophy to Francois Pienaar received the highest amount of votes despite the fact that the USA team did not feature in the Tournament that year
England’s 2003 World Cup winning squad received the highest number of votes in total, more than any other response in the USA market (27%)
Jonny Sexton was tipped as the stand out player at Rugby World Cup 2015 (21%)
Canada What is the greatest moment in Rugby World Cup history? Nelson Mandela handing the Trophy to Francois Pienaar (24%)
What is the best try ever scored in a Rugby World Cup? John Kirwan’s solo try for New Zealand (27%)
What is the best team to ever play in a Rugby World Cup? England’s Rugby World Cup 2003 Squad (32%)
Apart from the team you support, who else would you like to see lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015? Australia (22%)
Who do you think will be the stand out player in Rugby World Cup 2015? Stuart Hogg (15%)
Standout Statistics
Nelson Mandela handing the Trophy to Francois Pienaar at the Rugby World Cup 1995 Final is the most priceless moment in Rugby World Cup history according to 24% of Canadians surveyed.
England’s World Cup 2003 winning squad voted the best team to ever compete at a Rugby World Cup (32%)
Canada are expecting Scotland Full back Stuart Hogg to be the stand out player of the tournament with the majority of votes (15%)
Japan What is the greatest moment in Rugby World Cup history? Ireland’s 15 – 6 shock victory over Australia in 2011 (21%)
What is the best try ever scored in a Rugby World Cup? John Kirwan’s solo try for New Zealand (25%)
What is the best team to ever play in a Rugby World Cup? New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup 2011 Squad (26%)
Apart from the team you support, who else would you like to see lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2015? New Zealand (44%)
Who do you think will be the stand out player in Rugby World Cup 2015? Dan Carter (25%)
Standout Statistics
One in four voted Ireland’s surprise victory over Australia in 2011 as the most priceless moment in the history of Rugby World Cup
A massive 44% of respondents voted New Zealand as the team they would most want to win Rugby World Cup 2015 if not Japan. This is the largest majority vote in the entire survey.
New Zealand’s Rugby World Cup 2011 winning squad was voted the best team to compete at a Rugby World Cup with 26% of the vote