If England can win a second Rugby World Cup on Saturday, the current crop of players will become household names overnight Companies will no doubt be queuing up to offer the winners a string of endorsements, while there are sure to be a host of requests from TV shows to boot. It’s something the Red Roses’ victorious 2003 side had to get used to after that famous night in Sydney 16 years ago . And what has happened to them in the intervening years may offer an insight into what the current England team can expect should they lift the Webb Ellis Cup this weekend. Starting XV Trevor Woodman: Part of a fearsome front row, but moved into coaching after his playing days were curtailed. Currently involved in the set-up at Gallagher Premiership side Gloucester. Steve Thompson: Initially retired in 2007 because of a neck injury, but capped a remarkable comeback by appearing at the 2011 World Cup. Now a rugby analyst and business development executive in the UAE. Phil … [Read more...] about England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning squad – where are they now?
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We are in Sydney, it is a November day and an unusually large number of overseas visitors are behaving like Christmas has come early. The year is 2003 and it is the morning after a rugby match played at the Olympic Stadium. Rather a big one. Which went to extra-time. And came down to a last-gasp drop goal. Around the Manly Pacific Hotel, a ferry ride away from the opera house, the harbour bridge and downtown Sydney, one question is being asked. How did England stay so impossibly cool as the World Cup final drew its dying breath? Inside their beachfront hotel the answer comes from Will Greenwood, a player still coming to terms with the magnitude of victory over the host nation. It encapsulates why World Cup warm-up matches are staged and why England need to use wisely the four they have coming up. “People asked whether those warm-up games were the best thing for us,” said the midfield ace, referring to fixtures against Wales in Cardiff and France, twice, in Marseille and at … [Read more...] about Why England’s Rugby World Cup warm-up matches could hold key to victory this summer
Owen Farrell is sitting with his dad debating which of them is the most competitive. “He says he never lets me win, but I always win anyway,” says the fly-half, breaking into a laugh. “He never wins anything. I’d never let him win,” counters Farrell snr, rugby league legend turned top union coach. “Even playing tiddlywinks tomorrow I would never let him win. But he’s getting to that stage now where I have to be on my toes.” Owen shakes his head. “It was that stage about five years ago!” Given their respective achievements the back-and-forth ribbing is to be expected. Yet this was nine years ago. Farrell jnr was 17, just starting out. As an insight into the player he would become it was revealing. You could not watch the World Rugby interview and conclude anything other than this young man was going places. Fast forward to today and the same player is in Japan preparing to captain England in a World Cup. He has 73 caps and 817 … [Read more...] about England captain Owen Farrell has unfinished business at Rugby World Cup 2019
Boris Johnson’s over-exuberance on the sports field was in evidence again on Thursday when he flattened an opponent in what was supposed to be a casual game of street rugby in Tokyo. Worse still for the mayor of London, the player he bulldozed to the ground as he hurtled down the pitch, ball in hand, was a 10-year-old schoolboy. Johnson was taking part in what was billed as an informal game of street rugby with adults and children on the final day of his three-day trade mission to Japan when he took possession of the ball and raced for the line. Standing in his way on the mini-pitch was Toki Sekiguchi, a Tokyo schoolboy, who hit the turf after Johnson opted for a shoulder barge rather than a change in direction. After both players had picked themselves up, Johnson went over to Toki and asked if he was all right, before shaking his hand. “I’m so sorry,” he told the somewhat shocked boy. The pair later posed for photographs and Johnson gave Toki a 2015 rugby World … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson knocks over 10-year-old during rugby game in Japan
Email Updated November 18, 2019 12:21:47 Photo: Cameron Clyne will not seek re-election. (AAP: Chris Pavlich) Related Story: Rugby boss Castle defends relationship with Cheika amid World Cup fallout Related Story: After five years, one thrilling World Cup run and one major letdown, Cheika steps down Related Story: As Cheika era ends, overseas rugby figures slam his 'selfish' approach Map: Australia Cameron Clyne is to stand down as Rugby Australia chairman, conceding the negativity surrounding him and his role has hampered the sport's progress.The decision comes amid calls for change in the governing body in the wake of Australia's quarter-final exit to England at the World Cup in Japan.Clyne announced today he would not stand for re-election at the completion of his term in March 2020, ending a difficult four years at the helm in which Australia's status as a rugby power waned.While he believed he had achieved much for RA, Clyne admitted the "painful" decision to … [Read more...] about Rugby Australia chairman Cameron Clyne will not seek re-election in wake of Wallabies early World Cup exit