- Just over three years ago the Springboks suffered one of the biggest shocks in Rugby history at the 2015 Rugby World Cup
- The Springboks lost their opening match of the tournament against Japan by 34-32
- One of the most famous matches in the history of the game will reportedly be turned into a movie
Just over three years ago the Springboks suffered one of the biggest shocks in Rugby history at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The mighty Springboks were humbled in their opening match by the Japanese Blossoms in a shock 34-32 loss.
The match is widely seen as one of the most famous games of all time and considered to be the greatest upset in Rugby World Cup history. South African rugby supporters and the wider rugby community as a whole were completely stunned by the unexpected result.
The Japanese side were rightly hailed as the Brave Blossoms on the day having put up one of the most epic performances in the history of sport. The Japanese players tackled as if their lives depended on it and grew in stature as the match progressed.
Briefly.co.za gathered that while the Japanese side looked energised on the day and grew more confident with each passing moment, the Springboks looked flat, shell-shocked and utterly out of sorts.
The Springboks made the massive error of believing that by merely showing up on the day and playing the game they would triumph over the minnows. Their complacency cost them dearly and served as a wake-up call to the world of rugby.
The match also proved that World Rugby was right in its decision to include teams from non-traditional rugby nations at the world cup. The win boosted the image and popularity of rugby in Japan at a crucial time.
The country was selected to host the 2019 edition of the tournament and the win helped to bring the game into the focus of the wider Japanese public.
Sport24.com reported that according to sources in Japan the match is set to be turned into a movie which could be called The Brighton Miracle.
The movie will be directed by the award-winning Australian Max Mannix. The director said what the Japanese team achieved on that day just over three years ago was truly special and worthy of being immortalised on the silver screen.
Manix said he wanted to showcase why the result was so stunning and where the players got their inspiration from. Manix said the film would transcend rugby and would be about the humanity behind events of that incredible day.
Work on the film is expected to start in early 2019.
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