The Greatest Stage: Week Two Round-Up

Wales, Namibia and the record-breaking Tuilagi brothers feature in our sideways look at the second week of Rugby World Cup 2015

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Week Two of Rugby World Cup 2015 may have had fewer fairy-tale wins than the opening salvo, but there were still plenty of grassroots values to admire in a week of family records and a rather special birthday present

Performances of the Week

The most-hyped match of the tournament saw England and Wales do fierce battle in a match that showcased the value of teamwork, belief and determination. Despite being 22-12 behind with 30 minutes left and being struck down by a raft of injuries which left them fielding a scrum-half on the wing, a wing in the centres and a patched-up fly-half at fullback, Wales rallied to dramatically haul themselves back into the match and stun the hosts with a huge upset victory.

Perhaps Wales were inspired by Flint RFC?

Namibia took to the pitch at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Thursday with everyone writing them off and predicting a cricket score defeat. The group of “engineers, diamond traders, farmers, construction workers and a dentist” gave the performance of their lives against a team ranked the best in the world for 10 of the last 12 years, walking away battered and bruised but immensely proud of a respectable 58-14 scoreline. Centre Johan Deysel even capped the display with a stunning try on the eve of his 24th birthday. Not many people can say they’ve scored a try against the All Blacks.

The Namibian performance was summed up by New Zealand coach Steve Hansen: 

At the end of the day, they gave everything they could give and that’s all you can ask of a man. You want them to be able to look in the mirror and say ‘I gave everything I had’ and to a man they did that

Clubhouses

As part of #WeDealInReal, we asked rugby clubs across the country to send us pictures of their clubhouses. Here are some of the finest images we’ve seen of the places and people that make rugby so special. Submit yours through Twitter, tagging @LandRoverRugby and using #WeDealInReal.

Words: James Foot