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Jordan equals the record for most tries

Will Jordan’s total of eight tries means he has equalled the record for most tries scored at a single World Cup, joining the trio of Jonah Lomu (1999), Bryan Habana (2007) and Julian Savea (2015).

The wing scored a semifinal hat-trick against Argentina and has scored 31 tries in 30 Test matches but is still some way behind the record New Zealand try-scorer Doug Howlett, who scored 49 from 62 matches between 2000 and 2007.

The 25-year-old is five short of team-mate Rieko Ioane’s 36 and Beauden Barrett’s 42 but has plenty of time on his side.

Jordan was gifted two walk-in tries against Argentina, but his third try stood out.

Holding an inside support line to Ardie Savea, he was gifted a sliver of space before breaking the Argentine defence with a cheeky chip over Emiliano Boffelli, which he regathered and slid over to score.

Jordan has scored in successive games after his brilliant finish against Ireland where he combined with Richie Mo’unga to break the green wall.

He also scored four tries in the pool stage, scoring twice in the wins over Italy and Uruguay.

Jordan has the Rugby World Cup final against South Africa to make the record his own, but says chasing individual glory is a peripheral concern.

“The World Cup win is what we all came over here to do. I will be perfectly happy to take a zero on the scoresheet if it means we get the job done,” Jordan told BBC Sport.

“It’s a team game and the group is really focused at the moment around what we want to do. Hopefully I can play my part in that.

“It is pretty humbling to be included alongside those guys. They were all huge legends of the game and, particularly in the position I play, really trailblazed the way to play the game as a winger. So that’s pretty cool.”

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports |


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