IN a dramatic turnaround of Welsh fortunes the injury-beset side came from 10 points behind to beat Stuart Lancaster’s England 28-25 at Twickenham on Saturday September 26. Dan Biggar kicked 23 points and Gareth Davies collected a Lloyd Williams cross-field kick to score a late try. The result is being called one of Wales’ greatest victories on foreign soil and leaves England needing a win against Australia next Saturday October 3 to keep their campaign alive.
In Wembley on Sunday September 27 a record breaking Rugby World Cup attendance of 89,297 watched Ireland beat Romania 44-10 in a dominating victory. Ireland finished on six tries with wingers Tommy Bowe and Keith Earls among the scorers with two tries each. Importantly for Ireland, prop Cian Healy completed 54 minutes on loosehead duty as they look to a big match against Italy next.
The Wembley crowd were also treated to a wedding proposal after full time as Romanian scrum-half Florin Surugiu got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend who said yes.
Over at Elland Road, Scotland secured a bonus point win over the USA in a 39-16 victory. The Scottish bench were influential in the second half and helped the favourites to beat a USA side that led 13-6 at the interval.
Elsewhere at the weekend Australia blitzed Uruguay 65-3, Italy held off a brave Canadian side to win 23-18 and South Africa beat Samoa 46-6.