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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ruck 'n' Roll Years - The Eighties & Nineties

The 2010 Six Nations gets back under way again this weekend, so to get you back in the mood, here’s the next two parts of the series we featured last week, the Ruck ‘n’ Roll Years from the BBC. Today we’re looking at the Eighties and Nineties.

Jam-packed with great music and classic footage, the series tracks some of the biggest years in the Championship, mixed in with the sounds of the times and archive footage of the biggest news hitting the headlines in that era.

Overall, France were most impressive in the Eighties, winning or sharing the trophy on six occasions, despite England’s powerful Grand Slam at the turn of the decade. The Eighties also began with Robert Mugabe getting in power in Zimbabwe. Thirty years later, he’s still around.

In 1984 singer Michael Jackson burnt his head while filming a television advert, but it was Scotland who powered on to take the Grand Slam, much to commentator Bill McLaren’s delight.

Phillipe Sella and France were sensational in the latter years, scoring some incredible tries, marching on to victory with their mesmeric running game, matched with the strength up front.

England went through a good period in the Nineties, with a backline that boasted the speedster Rory Underwood, and the class of Jeremy Guscott and Captain Will Carling. It was Scotland though who won famously first up in 1990, with England taking the next two years.

In 1991 France scored what is commonly known as one of the greatest tries ever, as Phillipe Saint Andre went over beneath the posts, but it was England who won the match and the Grand Slam.

The clips feature other great moments from the Eighties and Nineties, so hopefully it’s enjoyed and brings back memories of a different age in rugby. The 2000’s clip will be featured soon.

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