Who wouldn’t want to relive the Rugby World Cup 1999 semi-final between France and New Zealand other than the most die-hard All Blacks supporters?

The game had everything: stunning tries, brilliant individual performances, a remarkable fightback and a victory for the underdog that no-one saw coming.

Remember, France had been beaten 54-7 in Wellington only a few months earlier.

And the good news is that thanks to our free-to-access live streaming service via the official Rugby World Cup Facebook page and the World Rugby YouTube channel, you can watch it in all its glory again, enhanced by live blogging and the thoughts of those that were there, at 19:00 BST on Saturday, 4 April.


Not even the great Jonah Lomu, who scored two trademark solo tries, could prevent the unfancied Les Bleus from completing a 43-31 victory that had the Twickenham crowd on its feet.

With the game 46 minutes old after the second of Lomu's bulldozing tries, France trailed 24-10 and looked down and out.

However, out of nowhere, they conjured up some of the best rugby ever seen at Twickenham to score 33 points to the All Blacks’ seven.

“Despite the fact we were losing, we still had the feeling that we could really do something, against these players, against this team. I don’t know why but we felt that way, even though we were quite far behind them,” said Fabien Pelous, now a World Rugby Hall of Fame inductee.

Fly-half Christophe Lamaison (pictured) crossed for the first of France’s four tries and kicked 23 points, including two drop goals, but it was only when Philippe Bernat-Salles touched down in the 74th minute, grinning from ear-to-ear with arms raised aloft, that everyone inside the ground dared to believe the unthinkable was happening.

As was the case in 1987 the unpredictable French were unable to back up the performance in the final, against Australia, but the greatest comeback in Rugby World Cup history – if not the biggest deficit overcome, as that honour later belonged to Romania against Canada at RWC 2015 – is still theirs.