Clive Woodward: Why 2003 World Cup winners are nonetheless higher than present England crew

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Clive Woodward: Why 2003 World Cup winners are still better than current England team


Sir Clive Woodward believes that England’s Rugby World Cup finalists nonetheless don’t stack up in opposition to his 2003 facet regardless of recording their first ever event victory over New Zealand in japan earlier this 12 months.

Eddie Jones’s facet produced a surprising efficiency in October to dominate the All Blacks and safe a 19-7 victory over the reigning world champions, solely to come back unstuck in opposition to South Africa the next week within the ultimate and fail to match what Woodward’s facet achieved 16 years prior.

Having missed out on the Webb Ellis Cup, the present crop of gamers know they haven’t but joined the best echelon reserved for the 2003 facet, which featured the likes of Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and captain Martin Johnson.

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Nonetheless, Johnson himself admitted that what he noticed on this 12 months’s semi-final between England and the All Blacks was the perfect efficiency that he’s witnessed from the nationwide crew, however drew wanting evaluating the 2 sides as he didn’t want to put two sides from completely different generations up in opposition to one another.

His head coach in 2003 was Woodward, credited with being the brains behind English rugby’s rise to the highest of the sport, and he was pleased to take action when requested about how the 2 groups performed the sport.

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1/24 Rugby World Cup Crew of the Toournament

Siya Kolisi’s South Africa clinched the nation’s third Rugby World Cup triumph by defeating England within the ultimate, however who makes the Crew of the Event?

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2/24 15. Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)

Japan 2019 wasn’t precisely an awesome event for full-backs, however Barrett continued to ooze class regardless of the shift from fly-half even when the going acquired robust for the All Blacks. It’s been rapidly forgotten how harmful he was in opposition to the Springboks approach again on the opening weekend of the event, and took that kind into the quarter-final rout of Eire.

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3/24 14. Kotaro Matsushima (Japan)

One of many stars of the World Cup that introduced overwhelming pleasure to the Japanese public along with his 5 tries within the pool stage. The wing confirmed you don’t should be the most important to be the strongest as he blended a mixture of power and agility to go away defenders in his wake, along with his strive in opposition to Scotland set to stay lengthy within the reminiscence.

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4/24 13. Manu Tuilagi (England)

Set the tone for England’s brutality with a double in opposition to Tonga and in addition introduced fierce defence to England’s 13 channel. Bought himself on the scoresheet as soon as once more in opposition to the All Blacks in that phenomenal semi-final show, however the ultimate proved one match too far for him.

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5/24 12. Damian de Allende (South Africa)

Slipped below the radar considerably heading into the World Cup as a consequence of South Africa’s powerhouse pack however De Allende was a key consider getting the Boks to the ultimate, scoring a strive in opposition to Wales that demonstrated supreme stability a and energy. 4 years in the past he was marked out as one of many stars of the long run, this 12 months he delivered.

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6/24 11. Semi Radradra (Fiji)

Who can overlook how Radradra took Wales to the cleaners as a one-man wrecking ball, are barrelled his approach by means of Australia’s Reece Hodge not as soon as however twice? Radradra put his identify among the many easiest gamers on the planet as Fiji left a mighty impression on the World Cup, and the one hope is that we come to see Radradra on the worldwide stage extra typically over the following 4 years.

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7/24 10. Handre Pollard (South Africa)

Bumps George Ford out of the facet after taking part in an instrumental function in getting the Springboks to the ultimate after which inspiring them previous an off-colour England facet with an impressive show. His 22-point haul within the ultimate fell simply wanting Matt Burke’s 1999 file of 25.

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8/24 9. Faf de Klerk (South Africa)

His tactical consciousness and craft on the breakdown brought about massive issues for Wales and England on the enterprise finish of the season, whereas his livewire method to the assault saved the defence fastened to open up area for his teammates. On high of that, there isn’t any higher tactical-kicking scrum-half at this World Cup.

AFP by way of Getty Photographs

9/24 1. Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa)

Storms his approach into the facet with one of many nice loosehead shows of the 21st Century. ‘Beast’ scrummaged Dan Cole into the bottom, successful penalty after penalty for Pollard to transform into factors, and regardless of being 34 years previous he proved he stays a formidable tackler.

AP

10/24 2. Shota Horie (Japan)

A part of why Japan had been so good to observe was the truth that their forwards had been capable of play an expansive passing recreation, and Horie led that by instance. The wild-haired hooker stands out for apparent causes, but it surely was his rugby that did the speaking as he starred in opposition to Eire and Scotland.

AFP by way of Getty Photographs

11/24 3. Kyle Sinckler (England)

A person who must be immensely proud with what he has achieved in Japan, with there being nothing he may do concerning the concussive blow within the third minute of the World Cup ultimate that ended his event prematurely. Sinckler loved a breakout efficiency in opposition to Australia within the quarter-finals, and the sight of him beaming after scoring his first worldwide strive will stay lengthy within the reminiscence.

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12/24 4. Maro Itoje (England)

Took the World Cup by storm to the purpose that each worldwide crew would need him on their facet. Led by instance, even when the going acquired robust as he remained certainly one of England’s finest performers when South Africa pulled away, and whereas there shall be apparent disappointment, the lock must be very happy with what he achieved in Japan.

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13/24 5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

Makes the squad due to his phenomenal defensive effort all through the World Cup. His unimaginable 79 tackles throughout seven video games proved eight greater than every other participant on the event, which for a lock takes some doing, and Wales’s failure to achieve the ultimate was on no account all the way down to the skipper.

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14/24 6. Tom Curry (England)

Introduced himself as a participant to observe for the following decade with a string of standout shows within the No 6 shirt, having made the transition from openside flanker look a bit of cake. At 21 years previous, Curry has the world earlier than him.

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15/24 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit (South Africa)

Silenced the doubts with inspiring performances in South Africa’s ultimate two video games, disrupting the opposition ball and never permitting them to play on the tempo they might have most popular. Performed a pleasant function in Cheslin Kolbe’s World Cup-sealing strive by sending the winger on his approach.

AFP by way of Getty Photographs

16/24 8. Duane Vermeulen (South Africa)

It have to be nigh-on not possible for a median human to cease the No Eight giving nothing about him is common. Vermuelen received the battle in opposition to Billy Vunipola – once more, and he deserves his World Cup winners’ pedal greater than most.

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17/24 <b>Replacements:</b> 16. Jamie George (England)

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18/24 17. Joe Moody (New Zealand)

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19/24 18. Frans Malherbe (South Africa)

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20/24 19. Lood de Jager (South Africa)

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21/24 20. Sam Underhill (England)

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22/24 21. Yutaka Nagare (Japan)

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23/24 22. George Ford (England)

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24/24 23. Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa)

AP

1/24 Rugby World Cup Crew of the Toournament

Siya Kolisi’s South Africa clinched the nation’s third Rugby World Cup triumph by defeating England within the ultimate, however who makes the Crew of the Event?

Getty Photographs

2/24 15. Beauden Barrett (New Zealand)

Japan 2019 wasn’t precisely an awesome event for full-backs, however Barrett continued to ooze class regardless of the shift from fly-half even when the going acquired robust for the All Blacks. It’s been rapidly forgotten how harmful he was in opposition to the Springboks approach again on the opening weekend of the event, and took that kind into the quarter-final rout of Eire.

Getty Photographs

3/24 14. Kotaro Matsushima (Japan)

One of many stars of the World Cup that introduced overwhelming pleasure to the Japanese public along with his 5 tries within the pool stage. The wing confirmed you don’t should be the most important to be the strongest as he blended a mixture of power and agility to go away defenders in his wake, along with his strive in opposition to Scotland set to stay lengthy within the reminiscence.

AFP by way of Getty Photographs

4/24 13. Manu Tuilagi (England)

Set the tone for England’s brutality with a double in opposition to Tonga and in addition introduced fierce defence to England’s 13 channel. Bought himself on the scoresheet as soon as once more in opposition to the All Blacks in that phenomenal semi-final show, however the ultimate proved one match too far for him.

AP

5/24 12. Damian de Allende (South Africa)

Slipped below the radar considerably heading into the World Cup as a consequence of South Africa’s powerhouse pack however De Allende was a key consider getting the Boks to the ultimate, scoring a strive in opposition to Wales that demonstrated supreme stability a and energy. 4 years in the past he was marked out as one of many stars of the long run, this 12 months he delivered.

REUTERS

6/24 11. Semi Radradra (Fiji)

Who can overlook how Radradra took Wales to the cleaners as a one-man wrecking ball, are barrelled his approach by means of Australia’s Reece Hodge not as soon as however twice? Radradra put his identify among the many easiest gamers on the planet as Fiji left a mighty impression on the World Cup, and the one hope is that we come to see Radradra on the worldwide stage extra typically over the following 4 years.

Getty Photographs

7/24 10. Handre Pollard (South Africa)

Bumps George Ford out of the facet after taking part in an instrumental function in getting the Springboks to the ultimate after which inspiring them previous an off-colour England facet with an impressive show. His 22-point haul within the ultimate fell simply wanting Matt Burke’s 1999 file of 25.

AFP by way of Getty Photographs

8/24 9. Faf de Klerk (South Africa)

His tactical consciousness and craft on the breakdown brought about massive issues for Wales and England on the enterprise finish of the season, whereas his livewire method to the assault saved the defence fastened to open up area for his teammates. On high of that, there isn’t any higher tactical-kicking scrum-half at this World Cup.

AFP by way of Getty Photographs

9/24 1. Tendai Mtawarira (South Africa)

Storms his approach into the facet with one of many nice loosehead shows of the 21st Century. ‘Beast’ scrummaged Dan Cole into the bottom, successful penalty after penalty for Pollard to transform into factors, and regardless of being 34 years previous he proved he stays a formidable tackler.

AP

10/24 2. Shota Horie (Japan)

A part of why Japan had been so good to observe was the truth that their forwards had been capable of play an expansive passing recreation, and Horie led that by instance. The wild-haired hooker stands out for apparent causes, but it surely was his rugby that did the speaking as he starred in opposition to Eire and Scotland.

AFP by way of Getty Photographs

11/24 3. Kyle Sinckler (England)

A person who must be immensely proud with what he has achieved in Japan, with there being nothing he may do concerning the concussive blow within the third minute of the World Cup ultimate that ended his event prematurely. Sinckler loved a breakout efficiency in opposition to Australia within the quarter-finals, and the sight of him beaming after scoring his first worldwide strive will stay lengthy within the reminiscence.

Getty Photographs,

12/24 4. Maro Itoje (England)

Took the World Cup by storm to the purpose that each worldwide crew would need him on their facet. Led by instance, even when the going acquired robust as he remained certainly one of England’s finest performers when South Africa pulled away, and whereas there shall be apparent disappointment, the lock must be very happy with what he achieved in Japan.

Getty

13/24 5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)

Makes the squad due to his phenomenal defensive effort all through the World Cup. His unimaginable 79 tackles throughout seven video games proved eight greater than every other participant on the event, which for a lock takes some doing, and Wales’s failure to achieve the ultimate was on no account all the way down to the skipper.

PA

14/24 6. Tom Curry (England)

Introduced himself as a participant to observe for the following decade with a string of standout shows within the No 6 shirt, having made the transition from openside flanker look a bit of cake. At 21 years previous, Curry has the world earlier than him.

Getty Photographs

15/24 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit (South Africa)

Silenced the doubts with inspiring performances in South Africa’s ultimate two video games, disrupting the opposition ball and never permitting them to play on the tempo they might have most popular. Performed a pleasant function in Cheslin Kolbe’s World Cup-sealing strive by sending the winger on his approach.

AFP by way of Getty Photographs

16/24 8. Duane Vermeulen (South Africa)

It have to be nigh-on not possible for a median human to cease the No Eight giving nothing about him is common. Vermuelen received the battle in opposition to Billy Vunipola – once more, and he deserves his World Cup winners’ pedal greater than most.

Getty Photographs

17/24 <b>Replacements:</b> 16. Jamie George (England)

PA

18/24 17. Joe Moody (New Zealand)

Getty Photographs

19/24 18. Frans Malherbe (South Africa)

AP

20/24 19. Lood de Jager (South Africa)

REUTERS

21/24 20. Sam Underhill (England)

AP

22/24 21. Yutaka Nagare (Japan)

REUTERS

23/24 22. George Ford (England)

PA

24/24 23. Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa)

AP

“Even now trying again to 2003, I nonetheless suppose we had been forward of the present crew by way of the pace at which we performed the sport at, the bodily situation the gamers had been in and I believe we did take the sport to an entire new degree,” Woodward advised Simon Mundie on the BBC’s Don’t Inform Me The Rating podcast.

“Have a look at the variety of tries we scored, our win-lose ratio between World Cups was astonishing.

“That’s the reason I believe Eddie has carried out job. We now have made some errors on who was teaching the crew and what now we have carried out … there was a giant hole since 2003.”

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Jones stays contracted to England by means of to the tip of the 2020/21 season, midway by means of the brand new World Cup cycle, however whereas the Rugby Soccer Union has expressed their concerned with signing the Australian to an extension Jones himself has remained hush on the matter.

Jones did acknowledge in his current autobiography that he’s totally dedicated to his contract although, and in addition detailed quite a lot of high-profile events all through the World Cup marketing campaign the place he believes he acquired it proper – such because the All Blacks week – and the place he acquired it mistaken in not making adjustments for the ultimate.

Considered one of his obvious masterstrokes was deploying thoughts video games in opposition to the All Blacks in attempting to speak up the stress that was on them to retain the World Cup, one thing that he believes helped put New Zealand off their recreation in addition to enable his facet to organize for the semi-final with out such stress. To do that, Jones drew up a plan to position sure tales within the media by means of his press convention appearances, and Woodward admitted that it’s a tactic that he utilised himself when getting ready to face Jones’s Australia facet practically twenty years in the past.

Woodward revealed he used to plant tales simply as Jones did in Japan (Getty)

“I used to leak stuff to the press to ensure Eddie Jones in Australia was studying this as a result of he’d be pondering, my god what are they doing now,” Woodward added.

“Generally it was exaggerating a bit however I knew the impression it was having. I didn’t need them to suppose we had been simply staying nonetheless and never studying.”



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