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Thursday, February 07, 2008

The Zinzan Brooke drop goal from 1995

The Zinzan Brooke 40m drop goal against England in the 1995 World Cup Semi Final has gone down as one of the most amazing and unexpected moments to be seen on a rugby field since the game began over a hundred years ago.

It broke English hearts on a day that was dominated by the power and pace of big Jonah Lomu. Eighth man Brooke slotting a drop kick from close to halfway just rubbed salt into the wound.

Zinzan was one of the most talented forwards to play the game, and at that time, way ahead of his peers in terms of ball skills and general talent.

"I used to practice all the time in my backyard, you know left foot, right foot, left foot, right foot," said Brooke, who won the World Cup with New Zealand in 1987.

"The moment I decided to do a drop goal was when it was actually bouncing along the ground and I thought, 'right, this is going to go through the posts'".



  • Really nice drop, but it doesn't beat Steyn.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 07, 2008 1:28 pm  

  • That just makes me laugh, that is a long drop goal. Something like that has to hammer your confidence if you are the opposition.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 07, 2008 3:05 pm  

  • Not as good as De Beer's 5 drop goals in the quarters in 1999 but still a good effort.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 07, 2008 4:41 pm  

  • He's a No 8 forward, not a fullback for flyhalf like Steyn or De Beer.

    Get a grip.

    By Anonymous Scandal, at February 07, 2008 6:10 pm  

  • awesome from a no. 8. I don't think a lot of backs could pull that off...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 07, 2008 6:37 pm  

  • great game, NZ let Eng back in it at the end but still a classic match.

    Steyn? De Beer? ah... these guys are backs? Zinny is a no.8?

    By Blogger boomshanka, at February 07, 2008 9:43 pm  

  • Guys saying Steyn or De Beer, don't really understand how good a NUMBER 8 Zinzan was! Like the intro says, leap years ahead of the game, at a time when forwards, weren't supposed to or be able to do such things...
    not to mention, how the ball has changed in the last 13 years or so....

    their should be a debate about the silly ball! Did anyone else notice how much further the ball was going at the world cup than ever before??

    If they want people to pass and run more, than they should design the ball for the passers of the ball, not the kickers...too much pointless kicking... sorry tangent!

    By Anonymous G-unit, at February 08, 2008 12:31 am  

  • i was there at the game :) saw the ball fly thru the poles from the 50m line behind zinny

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 08, 2008 9:38 am  

  • agreeing with g-unit (as much as i hate to with a name like that)

    the ball seemed to be half air half helium at the world cup, it went forever, i watcheda few games, all included fullbacks kicking back and forth and nobody returning the kick and running up, most boring matches i've ever seen

    i do enjoy kicking in the game, but it almost seemed liek a game of pong, one way, then back, almost trying to just see if the other fullback would miss it.

    good drop goal, didnt think he'd slot it the first time i seen it but then it went over, great stuff

    By Anonymous Chris Parberry, at February 10, 2008 2:55 pm  

  • has anyone got the steven larkham srop goal that was amazing 2

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at May 24, 2008 9:28 am  

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