Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ruck 'n' Roll Years - The Eighties & Nineties

Ruck 'n' Roll Years - The Eighties & Nineties

The 2010 Six Nations gets back under way again this weekend, so to get you back in the mood, heres the next two parts of the series we featured last week, the Ruck n Roll Years from the BBC. Today were looking at the Eighties and Nineties.

Jam-packed with great music and classic footage, the series tracks some of the biggest years in the Championship, mixed in with the sounds of the times and archive footage of the biggest news hitting the headlines in that era.

Overall, France were most impressive in the Eighties, winning or sharing the trophy on six occasions, despite Englands powerful Grand Slam at the turn of the decade. The Eighties also began with Robert Mugabe getting in power in Zimbabwe. Thirty years later, hes still around.

In 1984 singer Michael Jackson burnt his head while filming a television advert, but it was Scotland who powered on to take the Grand Slam, much to commentator Bill McLarens delight.

Phillipe Sella and France were sensational in the latter years, scoring some incredible tries, marching on to victory with their mesmeric running game, matched with the strength up front.

England went through a good period in the Nineties, with a backline that boasted the speedster Rory Underwood, and the class of Jeremy Guscott and Captain Will Carling. It was Scotland though who won famously first up in 1990, with England taking the next two years.

In 1991 France scored what is commonly known as one of the greatest tries ever, as Phillipe Saint Andre went over beneath the posts, but it was England who won the match and the Grand Slam.

The clips feature other great moments from the Eighties and Nineties, so hopefully its enjoyed and brings back memories of a different age in rugby. The 2000s clip will be featured soon.

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stoojay February 23, 2010 12:52 pm

FIRST. YAY. Don't know what to actually say now though. er nice french try.

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Robertit February 23, 2010 12:57 pm

Awsome music :)

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Anonymous February 23, 2010 1:07 pm

Proper rugby

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Anonymous February 23, 2010 2:30 pm

After hearing so much about it, was great to finally see footage of Gregor Townsend's little reverse pass (the Tooney Flip) to Gavin Hastings. Sweet.

But why did the 90's segment stop with the 1995 Championship? Figured they would also want to spotlight 1999 with Scott Gibb's late try for Wales. Sorry England.

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Anonymous February 23, 2010 4:03 pm

there was alot of england in there...

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Oli February 23, 2010 4:28 pm

Serge Blanco you friggin legend

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Maximus February 23, 2010 4:47 pm

Refreshing nice vid. Thanks RD.

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Anonymous February 23, 2010 5:17 pm

I think we should all agree RugbyDump is the best website on Earth!!!

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Jan February 23, 2010 7:50 pm

True Anonymous, just plain true...

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Anonymous February 23, 2010 8:20 pm

what was the song for 1984?

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Phil February 23, 2010 8:56 pm

Just great running rugby! Today's pro players are certainly finer athletes than in this era but are they better rugby players? Discuss!

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Anonymous February 23, 2010 9:19 pm

Te perfect tonic for todays garbage (see Lions v Chiefs)

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Anonymous February 23, 2010 9:41 pm

1984 song: Shout to the top - Style Council

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rehanb February 23, 2010 10:05 pm

you f@cking moron, lions vs chiefs garbage? have you ever watched older games? the defense is worse, the rucking, scrumming and mauling non existant. Yet that is somehow so much better than anything today? the lions chiefs game was a lot more like rugby used to be with a lot of running and attack which is absolutely fine by me

..on another note mugabe gaining power turned out to be not such a great thing

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Canadian Content February 23, 2010 10:10 pm

That Blanco try was stunning. Surprised I haven't heard about it before, what a kick.

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Anonymous February 23, 2010 10:34 pm

"But why did the 90's segment stop with the 1995 Championship? Figured they would also want to spotlight 1999 with Scott Gibb's late try for Wales. Sorry England."

BBC thought Will Carling leading England to 3 grand slams in the decade was more important, especially when they hadn't won one since 1980 before that stampede of grand slams.

also, some of the images of that period; bill beaumont getting chair-lifted out of Murreyfield after winning clinching grand slam on scottish soil, the 2 scottish grand slams, serge blanco and french flair; upsets anything i've witnessed in american sports in my 21 years on earth besides seeing the red sox win the world series.

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Anonymous February 24, 2010 2:03 am

rehanb, go back to your mud hut.

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Anonymous February 24, 2010 5:58 am

rofl RD pls remove the post above this...

and those were good times...

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kevdetoulouse February 24, 2010 9:35 am

interesting history events...
fucking morons
lucky I AM informed

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Anonymous February 25, 2010 12:50 pm

What is the name of the first song? in the 80s

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renardjaunard February 26, 2010 11:34 am

1980 Blondie - Ironic

1980 The Cure - Boys Don't Cry

1984 Style Council - Shout To The Top

1984 The Smiths - What Difference Does It Make

1984 The Bluebells - Young At heart

1987 Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right ( To Party )

1987 Europe - The Final Countdown

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Anonymous February 26, 2010 3:22 pm

lol sorry for the first song it's of course Atomic - Blondie ... not Ironic ...

Quite Ironic btw ... ^^

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Anonymous February 27, 2010 10:19 am

And what about the two consecutives Grand Slams for the frenchs in 97 & 98???

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dezzy February 27, 2010 10:06 pm

serge blanco is a legend ! Nice french try!!!

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Anonymous March 01, 2010 4:33 pm

i thought they could have included brian o driscolls hattrick in paris in 1999, the best centre of the nxt decade exploding on the scene

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