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England’s 2003 Rugby World Cup heroes reunite for the primary time in twenty years to rejoice the 20-year anniversary of their historic Jonny Wilkinson-inspired victory in Australia


  • Wednesday’s occasion marked the primary time all 31 squad members have been reunited 
  • Jonny Wilkinson’s drop purpose 28 seconds from time sealed the World Cup victory 
  • Worse-for-wear Prince Harry needed to be helped out of the after social gathering on the night time 

England’s Rugby World Cup-winning facet of 2003 have been all reunited as soon as once more on Wednesday at an occasion in London, 20 years after their iconic victory over Australia. 

Sir Clive Woodward’s England lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy for the primary – and up to now solely – time in 2003, after a Jonny Wilkinson drop purpose in opposition to George Gregan’s Australia. 

Woodward’s facet are nonetheless the one northern hemisphere facet to win the World Cup, with the opposite 9 tournaments gained by South Africa (4), New Zealand (three) and Australia (two). 

The present incarnation of the facet made all of it the best way to the semi-finals this time spherical, regardless of coming in as rank outsiders, earlier than a slim one-point defeat to eventual champions, the Springboks. 

However on Thursday it was all about trying into the previous, as Wilkinson, Woodward, Martin Johnson and Co all assembled for a Class of 2003 reunion on the Eventim Apollo in London. 

England's World Cup-winning side from 2003 were all reunited for the first time in London

England’s World Cup-winning facet from 2003 have been all reunited for the primary time in London 

The squad took centre stage at the Eventim Apollo, 20 years after their victory over Australia

The squad took centre stage on the Eventim Apollo, 20 years after their victory over Australia

Wilkinson and South African-born team-mate Mike Catt pose with the trophy at the event

Wilkinson and South African-born team-mate Mike Catt pose with the trophy on the occasion

Josh Lewsey (L) and Andy Gomarsall (R) also struck a pose with the silverware in London

Josh Lewsey (L) and Andy Gomarsall (R) additionally struck a pose with the silverware in London

Wednesday’s present marked the primary time that each one 31 members of the World Cup squad have been again in the identical place, with followers in a position to purchase tickets to attend. 

The squad seemed again at their achievement and shared quite a few private recollections and moments that may have beforehand escaped consideration. 

In a video posted by England Rugby’s Instagram account, Wilkinson – who scored the all essential drop purpose 28 seconds from time – stated: ‘It is nice being again with all the blokes from the squad 20 years on.

‘It is nice to have the ability to see everybody, and to get a really feel of what everybody’s been as much as, but in addition to I suppose get a really feel for why we have been in a position to do what we did 20 years in the past, as a result of it nonetheless lives on in everybody.’

The squad members posed for images collectively, and got the prospect to catch up, having all gone their separate methods since retirement. 

Wilkinson, Woodward and No 8 Lawrence Dallaglio all usually characteristic on ITV’s rugby protection, whereas captain Martin Johnson went on to educate the facet from 2008-2011. 

Mike Tyndall has had arguably the most important 20 years, marrying Queen Elizabeth II’s granddaughter Zara Phillips eight years after that well-known day. 

The squad posed for retro-style polaroid pictures on the night (Picture left to right: Wilkinson, Johnson, Jason Robinson, Matt Dawson)

The squad posed for retro-style polaroid photos on the night time (Image left to proper: Wilkinson, Johnson, Jason Robinson, Matt Dawson)

Trevor Woodman, Ben Cohen, Kyran Bracken and Lewis Moody also snapped a polariod picture

Trevor Woodman, Ben Cohen, Kyran Bracken and Lewis Moody additionally snapped a polariod image

Fly-half Wilkinson kicked the decisive drop goal with just 28 seconds left on the clock

Fly-half Wilkinson kicked the decisive drop purpose with simply 28 seconds left on the clock 

Martin Johnson skippered the team that lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy after beating Australia

Martin Johnson skippered the group that lifted the William Webb Ellis trophy after beating Australia

However the former centre joked that his previous team-mates have been hardly recognisable from their heyday, claiming that they ‘simply appear to be 31 actually previous males’.   

‘We have been all sat down and it simply appears to be like like 31 actually previous males now!’ he stated. 

‘Catty (Mike Catt) I have never seen for ages, who I performed with for a very long time for Tub in addition to England, however he is been doing fantastic issues with Eire so I simply have not seen him. 

‘It has been very good. Very surreal, however very, very good.’ 

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