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‘I didn’t drop him once’ – Clive Woodward ranks England’s top five players

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Sir Cliff Woodward had the pleasure of working with some of the best players in world rugby during his time in England.

After a difficult start in life as England manager, Rugby Football Union maintained their confidence in him and he followed through with Six Nations titles in 2000 and 2001 before winning a major tournament in 2003.

This was followed by success at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia where Johnny Wilkinson scored a last-gasp goal to secure a 20-17 victory over the defending champions and tournament hosts. He was knighted in 2004 with New Year’s Honors.

Here, the 65-year-old ranks the top five players from his World Cup winning team.

#5. Jason Robinson

  • Boy 30 July 1974, Leeds
  • The main difference British and Irish Black, Sale Sharks, England
  • position back

The former rugby league star known by the name of Billy Weisz, has proven to be very successful in turning to the union. Throughout his career, Robinson has been known for his speed, acceleration, lateral strides, and ability to beat defenders.

A lethal runner from full-back or winger, it was a nightmare to celebrate in singles situations. He had a knack for scoring unforgettable attempts on the big stage.

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Woodward said: “He was a sponge and sucked up all his rugby union skills. In the end he was probably the best shot in hand, he put the ball back perfectly and his tackle was perfect. What a player.”

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