Today in sports history: May 19 – Joe Schmidt leads Leinster to European rugby glory



Today in sports history: May 19 - Joe Schmidt leads Leinster to European rugby glory

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Some of the sports stories of the past that led sporting headlines around the world on May 19.


West Ham win their fifth European Cup Winners Cup against 1860 München of West Germany, 2-0 in London.

‘The Hammers’ squad, arguably the greatest in club history, featured England internationals Bobby Moore, Martin Peters and Geoff Hurst. A year later, all three would star in England’s World Cup triumph.


An agreement is reached among the three major southern hemisphere rugby unions (SANZAAR) to launch the annual Tri-Nations Championship and Super 12 club competition, to start in 1996. 

The news came a week out from the start of the Rugby World Cup in South Africa and would ignite the dawn of professional rugby.

The All Blacks went unbeaten through the inaugural Tri-Nations, while the Auckland Blues crushed the Natal Sharks in the first-ever Super Rugby final.


The Bulls become the first South African team to win Super Rugby, after they beat the Sharks 20-19 in the final. 

First-five Derrick Hoggard converted winger Bryan Habana’s try after the full-time siren in a stunning finish to the first-ever all-South African final. 


Brian O'Driscoll celebrates Leinster's win

Brian O’Driscoll celebrates Leinster’s win

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Kiwi coach Joe Schmidt guides Leinster to their third European title in the space of just four years, beating Ulster 42-14 in the Heineken Cup final at Twickenham in London.

Schmidt’s Leinster side was jam-packed with Irish internationals, as well as former All Blacks lock Brad Thorn.

Schmidt left his club post a year later to take charge of the Irish national side, a role he held until the end of the

2019 Rugby World Cup. 


Didier Drogba celebrates

Didier Drogba celebrates

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Chelsea stun heavy favourites Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League final at the German club’s home ground.

Their first and only Champions League title was secured in a penalty shootout, after an 88th-minute equalising goal by French striker Didier Drogba.

Drogba also slotted the winning penalty, after two heroic saves from goalkeeper Peter Cech.


1974 – NRL and Newcastle Knights league great Andrew Johns
1976 – American basketball forward and 15-time NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett 
1981 – Former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St Pierre, regarded as the greatest combat sports athlete in MMA history

Geroges St_Pierre (left) during a UFC title win over Thiago Alves in 2009

Geroges St_Pierre (left) during a UFC title win over Thiago Alves in 2009

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2014 – Three-time Formula One world champion Jack Brabham, aged 88

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 18:  Deontay Wilder knocks out Dominic Breazeale in the first round during their bout for Wilder's WBC heavyweight title at Barclays Center on May 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Live updates: WBC heavyweight boxing championship – Deontay Wilder v Dominic Breazeale

American boxer Deontay Wilder has made a violent statement that he is the true king of the heavyweight division.

The WBC champion has viciously knocked out fellow American Dominic Breazeale inside the first round of their title fight in Brooklyn, New York.

Wilder entered the bout after the first setback of his career – a draw against Tyson Fury last year – but he made short work of Breazeale, who had lost just once in his 22 fights.

Ironically, that loss came three years ago against IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight kingpin Anthony Joshua, via a seventh-round stoppage.


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