This weekend saw England come very close to winning the 6 Nations title their first since 2011.
In 2003 though they won the Grand Slam and later that year the World Cup and for this week’s where are they now I will look at the team which clinched the Grand Slam with a 42-6 win over Ireland at Lansdowne Road.
Josh Lewsey (Wasps) Played 55 times for England and 3 for the British an Irish Lions. Retired in 2009 having played just over 200 club games. He was also a member of the 2003 World Cup winning squad.
His current role is head of Rugby for Welsh Rugby Union. In 2014 he introduced a new initiative to support the grassroots game to help safeguard the future of rugby in Wales.
Jason Robinson (Sale) Rugby League convert and nicknamed Billy Whizz for his blistering speed. Having won everything in Rugby League with Wigan he moved to rugby union in 2000. He played 51 times for England and 5 times for the British and Irish Lions. He was a try scorer against Australia in the 2003 World cup final triumph.
Robinson retired in 2011 and now is involved in coaching youngsters and giving them the opportunity to enjoy being active.
Will Greenwood (Harlequins) Played 55 times for England and twice for the British and Irish Lions. Greenwood was another member of the World Cup winning squad.
Greenwood retired in 2006 and has gone on to be a TV analyst and also writes a column in a National newspaper.
Mike Tindall (Bath) Played 75 times for England and was also part of the 2003 World Cup winning squad. Tindall is also known for marrying Zara Phillips the daughter of the Princess Royal. Tindall retired in 2013.
Since retirement he has worked in coaching and media. He is also been seen on TV in reality programmes such as the Jump and Bear Grylls Mission Survive.
Ben Cohen (Northampton) Played 57 times for England and a member of the 2003 World Cup winning squad. He retired in 2011.
After retirement he set up the Ben Cohen StandUp foundation. This was to raise awareness of the long-term effects of bullying especially homophobic bullying.
Jonny Wilkinson (Newcastle vice-captain) The David Beckham of the team and the man who scored the winning drop goal in the World Cup final of 2003. He played 91 times for England and 6 times for the British and Irish Lions. He retired in 2014.
Jonny is now involved in coaching and rumour has it that he will be England’s kicking coach for the forthcoming World Cup
Matt Dawson (Northampton) Played 77 times for England, 7 times for the British and Irish Lions and was a member of the 2003 World Cup winning squad.
Dawson retired in 2005 and has since carved out a career in TV as captain of the long running sports quiz show A Question of Sport. He also does work as a health ambassador.
Graham Rowntree (Leicester) Played 54 times for his country and twice for the British and Irish Lions. He failed to make the squad for the 2003 World Cup, but did feature heavily in the Grand Slam win.
Having retired in 2006 Graham went into coaching at Leicester Tigers as an assistant until 2007 when he left to take up his current post as assistant coach in the England national side.
Steve Thompson (Northampton) England’s most capped hooker with 73 caps and 3 caps for the British and Irish Lions. He was a key member of the World Cup winning squad of 2003.
Thompson retired in 2011and is based in Dubai acting as ambassador for the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, as well as a sports ambassador for a security and facilities management services company. He has also done some media work.
Jason Leonard (Harlequins) Played 114 times for his country and 5 times for the British and Irish Lions. Leonard is one of the few players to win all the highest accolades from Grand Slams (4) World Cup (2003) and a Lions series win.
He retired in 2004 and went into the construction business and after dinner speaking.
He has since become junior-vice president of the RFU with the possibility of becoming president in 2015.
Martin Johnson (Leicester, captain) Played 84 times for England and 8 times for the British and Irish Lions. He captained the side to World Cup glory in 2003.
Johnson retired in 2006 and in 2008 became Head Coach of England. His tenure was not smooth and after a poor World Cup in 2011 he left the post.
Johnson now spends his time cycling and entering road races.
Ben Kay (Leicester) Played 62 times for England and twice for the British and Irish Lions. He was a key member of the World Cup winning squad.
Kay retired in 2010 and got into media working as a commentator.
Richard Hill (Saracens) Played 71 times for England and 5 times for the British and Irish Lions. Hill even though injured was part of the 2003 World Cup squad and was fit to play in the semi and final.
Hill retired in 2008 he has become a speaker, consultant and brand ambassador helping companies to grow.
Neil Back (Leicester) 66 caps for England and 5 for the British and Irish Lions. Back was also a member of the 2003 World Cup winning squad.
He retired in 2005 and has gone on to become a professional rugby coach.
Lawrence Dallaglio (Wasps) Played 85 times for England and 3 for the British and Irish Lions. He was the only player to play I every minute of the World Cup campaign.
He retired in 2008 and has since gone on to support charities such as Help for Heroes and Cancer research. He also works as a commentator and pundit on TV.
Dorian West (Leicester) 21 caps for England and part of the 2003 World Cup Squad. He retired in 2004 and has gone on to carve out a career coaching rugby.
Trevor Woodman (Gloucester) 22 caps for England and a member of the 2003 World Cup winning squad after strong performances in the Grand Slam.
He retired in 2009 after suffering a severe back injury. Since retiring he has stayed in rugby as a coach and commentator.
Danny Grewcock (Bath) Played 69 times for England and 5 for the British and Irish Lions. He was part of the 2003 World Cup squad but only played the 1st game due to breaking his hand.
He retired in 2011and has since gone on to become a rugby academy director.
Joe Worsley (London Wasps) Played 78 times for England and once for the British and Irish Lions. He was a member of the 2003 World Cup winning squad.
He retired in 2011 due to a neck injury. He is an honorary president of a rugby charity improving the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Britain and Ireland. He has also got into coaching rugby in France.
Kyran Bracken (Saracens) Played 51 times for his country and was a member of the 2003 World Cup squad.
He retired in 2006 and has since gone on to take part in the TV show Dancing on Ice which he won and also the tour. He has since taken this new love into a business venture and hosts Ice Party’s. He is an honorary president of a rugby charity which improves the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in Britain and Ireland. On top of this he also does public speaking.
Paul Grayson (Northampton) Played 32 times for England and was a member of the World Cup squad in 2003.
He retired in 2005 and has since forged a career in Rugby Coaching.
Dan Luger (Harlequins) Played 38 times for England and was a member of the World Cup squad in 2003.
He retired in 2010 and has got involved in coaching. He is also a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club. A group of elite athletes committed to serving peace through sport around the world.
Sir Clive Woodward: Coached the England team from 1997 to 2004. In 2005 he became performance director at Southampton football club. He was also Director for Elite performance for the BOA from 2006 to 2012.
He is now involved in speaking and consultancy for the IOC as well as doing media work on TV and the national press.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Andrew Huddlestone