- Philippe Saint-Andre’s thrilling 1991 try named as Twickenham’s greatest
- Guests at Twickenham Stadium’s Centenary Dinner made the final decision
Legendary winger Philippe Saint-Andre’s stunning try for France in 1991 was named the bmi Try of the Centenary at Twickenham Stadium’s Centenary Dinner on Monday evening.
Saint-Andre’s touchdown, which rounded off a sensational counter-attack by the French backs in the 5 Nations encounter, was chosen by the 800 guests who attended the prestigious dinner.
The winning try was one of five short listed from an original list of twenty-five tries by the RFU’s Twickenham Centenary Ambassadors, who span four Grand Slam winning England teams.
Chairman Alastair Hignell, with Lawrence Dallaglio OBE, Rob Andrew MBE, Bill Beaumont CBE and Dickie Jeeps, selected five tries for the audience to watch before making their decision.
The shortlisted tries were: Prince Alexander Obolensky (England ) England v New Zealand 1936; Ben Cohen (England) England v Ireland 2002; Philippe Saint-Andre (France) England v France 1991; Bob Hiller (England) England v Scotland 1971 and Andy Hancock (England) England v Scotland 1965.
Despite outscoring England by three tries to one, Twickenham’s best ever score could not prevent Will Carling’s side from winning 21-19 on their way to their first Grand Slam for 11 years.
RFU President John Owen collected the award of behalf of the winger, who represented France 68 times.