We all make mistakes in life.
The Rugby World Cup has the ability to create legends and unforgettably joyous moments that are shared by a global community who love the sport.
However, the tournament can also become a highly visible platform for human error. While mistakes often seem amusing, they have the ability to haunt someone’s career.
Here’s our ranking of the biggest blunders in World Cup history…
1. Commentary blunder (2011)
Thierry Dusautoir is Called Thierry Henry during his man of the match interview from the Rugby World Cup Final 2011. Embarrassing. However, great reaction from the France captain, having a smile and behaving like a pro.
2. Jolly Green Giants (2007)
Bookmaker Paddy Power has always been known for its irreverent, edgy advertising and it didn’t disappoint at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. They boosted the cash-strapped coffers of the Tongan rugby team by asking them to dye their hair green before their high-profile pool match against England in Paris. The coup de grace was managing to coerce gargantuan centre Epi Taione into changing his name by deed poll to Paddy Power. World Rugby were less than impressed at the free advertising and demanded Tonga wash out the green barnets before the game before fining Taione. In response the bookmaker shipped out hundreds of green wigs to the Tongan fans. There was no luck of the Irish as Tonga went down 36-20.