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Watch: Ten Of England’s Greatest Tries

Every England fan has their favourite scores from years gone by, but here are ten of the most memorable from the men in white:


  1. Prince Obolensky destroys New Zealand

England’s naturalised Russian prince, known to fans as ‘The Flying Prince’ is famously remembered for scoring two tries on his debut against the All Blacks on 4th January 1936. You can see both here, including pace, vision and footwork that would put most modern wingers to shame:


  1. England carve up Ireland, Ben Cohen finishes

England went on to win 45 – 11 against Ireland that year, scoring some scintillating tries in the process. This features some stunning inter-play between backs and forwards and the vision from the whole team is fantastic.


  1. Chris Ashton makes a mockery of Australia

One of the best moments of Martin Johnson’s England coaching career. Ben Youngs and Courtney Lawes combined well and had the vision to see an overlap on their own line. A very risky move that ultimately paid off for England in style.


  1. Guscott and Underwood have pace to burn against Scotland

1993 was not a vintage year for England after back-to-back grand slams in 1991 and 1992, but Stuart Barnes, Jeremy Guscott and Rory Underwood all combined well to score a length-of-the-field try against a shell-shocked Scotland back division. For younger fans: take note of Bill McLaren’s wonderful commentary.


  1. Jason Robinson scores in the World Cup final

Almost every Jason Robinson try has something special about it, but for Robinson himself this one might be the most memorable. Despite England being labelled ‘orcs on steroids’ by the Australian press, England’s greatest ever team showed they could certainly play the game in more than one way, with Lawrence Dallaglio and Jonny Wilkinson contributing to this wonderful finish.


  1. England ignore the clock and add insult to injury for France

This wonderful team try is taken from a World Cup warm-up game from just before the 2003 tournament. The quality of inter-play between backs and forwards here is outstanding and the vision of every player involved is what made England world champions by the end of the year.


  1. Carling and Guscott overwhelm France at the 1991 World Cup

The vision from Carling here is non-pareil, with Guscott’s running line sheer class with the Rory Underwood once again being in the right place and at the right time. Three wonderful players.


  1. Jonny May shocks the All Blacks

Jonny May’s England career is still in its infancy, but to score such a try against such a team with such ease is marvellous. Let us hope there are more like this to come!


  1. Luger scores at the death against Australia

England looked resigned to a defeat against Australia that would have derailed their season, but somehow Iain Balshaw had the foresight to set up this beauty of a try.


  1. Andy Hancock runs Scotland ragged

Any one of the three videos from this clip could make the list, but this effort from Andy Hancock at the end is a joy to watch.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.