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Sunday, 19 March, 2000, 13:28 GMT
England: player profiles

Click here for profiles of four key England players.






Jonny Wilkinson


The 20-year-old sensation from the Newcastle Falcons is crucial to England's game plan and desire to play expansive rugby.

Extreme pressure will be placed on the shoulders of this fly-half, along with much of England's Six Nations hopes.

He made his England debut in 1998 - the youngest cap for more than 70 years - after less than an hour of top class club rugby under his belt.

Wilkinson has since earned a reputation as one of the deadliest place kickers in the world.

Helped Newcastle take the Allied Dunbar title in 1998, but will have to take more responsibility and be prepared to run at the opposing back row in this competition.

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Matt Perry


Many sides see the young Bath full back as one of England's weaknesses, such is his slight frame and mild-mannered looks.

But Perry is England's Clark Kent, able at will to turn into superman.

In reality Perry is as secure as any full-back under the high ball and superb at ensuring the ball is recycled on his own side.

Coming into the line he is growing with every game and will be a genuine try-scoring threat in the tournament.

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Lawrence Dallaglio


When Lawrence Dallaglio was embroiled in tabloid allegations England's World Cup chances almost took a fatal blow.

But now, after an RFU inquiry found him guilty of bringing the game into disrepute, the Wasps No.8 is back in the side - and with a point to prove.

Working superbly in the England back row with Richard Hill and Neil Back, Dallaglio is one of the most effective No 8s in the world, continually breaking the gain line and foraging, to good effect, in the loose.

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Richard Hill


Richard Hill is the silent assassin of the England team.

He is England's unsung hero and the man who does so many of the hard yards out of the spotlight.

Spotted as a player of world class potential at Saracens by coach Francois Pienaar, he played for the Lions in 1997.

He had occupied the No.8 shirt for England, before settling on the flanker's role.

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