England became only the fourth team to win the Rugby World Cup when Jonny Wilkinson kicked a drop goal with 26 seconds left in extra time in the match to defeat Australia 20-17 in Sydney on this day in rugby history in 2003.
In hoisting the Webb Ellis Cup, England also became the first Northern hemisphere to claim the title.
"I can't say enough about the team, because we had the lead and we lost it but we came back," Martin Johnson said after the match. "And I can't say enough about Wilko at the end. He is a very special player, a very special person."
Wilkinson was the youngest player on the England squad but carried the pressure throughout the tournament having dead aim on most penalty opportunities.
England entered the tournament with the pressure of being the favorites. Clive Woodward’s side had won a grand slam at the 2003 Six Nations and had defeated all the traditional southern hemisphere powers.
The result was a little revenge for England as well. England came up short against Australia in the 1991 final when it was hosted at Twickenham.
England: J Lewsey, J Robinson, W Greenwood, M Tindall, B Cohen; J Wilkinson, M Dawson; T Woodman, S Thompson, P Vickery; M Johnson; (capt), B Kay; Richard Hill, N Back, L Dallaglio. Replacements: D West, J Leonard, M Corry, L Moody, K Bracken, M Catt, I Balshaw.
Australia: M Rogers, W Sailor, S Mortlock, E Flatley, L Tuqiri; S Larkham, G Gregan (capt); B Young, B Cannon, A Baxter; J Harrison, N Sharpe; G Smith, P Waugh, D Lyons. Replacements: J Paul, M Dunning, D Giffin, M Cockbain, C Whitaker, M Giteau, J Roff.