‘Guilty of a couple of tears’: Ex Wallaby goes viral in emotional video
Former Australia second row Justin Harrison has gone viral on social media this week after appearing on Wide World of Sports recently.
Joining Morgan Turinui on the show, Harrison was talking about Australia’s series with England this month, before the subject of the 2003 World Cup final came up. Harrison, who started the 03 final in the second row, said how he had thrown his silver medal into Sydney Harbour and how he now regretted doing that. He was then greeted by RFU President Jeff Blackett, who gave him a present.
Take a look at the video:
This is so precious. 😭
Justin Harrison reunited with his World Cup medal. ❤️️
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) July 17, 2022
England Rugby shared their own video of the exchange:
19 years after Justin Harrison threw his Rugby World Cup silver medal into Darling Harbour, RFU President Jeff Blackett surprised him with a replacement.
Via @Channel9 – You’ll want to watch this ⤵
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) July 18, 2022
Harrison’s former teammate Drew Mitchell shared the video on Twitter, writing: “Just getting to see this now! So good Justin. Guilty of a couple of tears while watching it myself! Not even embarrassed about it…”
It was a similar result again in Sydney on Saturday as it was in 2003 though, as England came away 21-17 winners, securing the series in the process. Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said after the match:
“It’s disappointing because at this level you have you got to take your chances and and we left a lot out there.
“I reckon we’re better than the result and better than the result last week.
“We had enough ball and territory and position to win, but we’ve got to be better.”
Rennie’s counterpart Eddie Jones said: “We had to fight like anything and we kept in there.
“We weren’t at our best, which sometimes happens, but when you fight like that and win a game like that it’s a big achievement.”
England are now not set to face Australia before the 2023 World Cup in France, where the two could meet each other in the quarter finals.