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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 December, 2003, 00:56 GMT
England rugby squad in profile
In an unprecedented move, every member of England's Rugby World Cup-winning side, plus coaches Clive Woodward, Dave Alred, Phil Larder and Andy Robinson have been recognised in the New Year Honours list.


Stuart Abbott (5 caps)
The Wasps centre could surely not have dreamed of this honour, a little more than four months after his England debut.

The 25-year-old has already made an impact with two tries for the national team, and looks set to be a fixture for some time to come.

Dave Alred (England's kicking coach)
Famously told Jonny Wilkinson to "Forget the posts - let's aim for something else. Imagine there's a woman sitting in that seat, 20 rows behind."

The rest, as they say, is history.

Neil Back (66 caps)
Veteran flanker Back may be approaching his 35th birthday, but his appetite for the game shows no signs of diminishing.

The Leicester star played in six of England's seven World Cup games, and was a crucial member of the back row.

Iain Balshaw (19 caps)
The pacy Bath back saw his World Cup chances limited, although he did make it on to the field in injury-time in the final.

The 24-year-old is likely to get plenty of opportunities to add to his tally of nine Test tries.

Kyran Bracken (51 caps)
Ultimately lost out to Matt Dawson in the race for the scrum-half position, but Bracken still made some telling contributions.

Perhaps most crucially, he forced a turnover just before half-time in the crucial pool game with South Africa, preventing a Springbok score which would have given them a half-time lead.

Mike Catt (61 caps)
The 32-year-old Bath centre surprised many when he was called up into Clive Woodward's squad, but did more than enough to justify his inclusion.

In particular, his display as a second-half substitute in the quarter-final against Wales was vital in securing an England victory, and he played a part in both the semi-final and final.

Ben Cohen (35 caps)
The Northampton player did not produce his very best form in Australia - but is regarded as one of the best wings in the international game.

Cohen's strength makes him a formidable opponent, and with his World Cup winners' medal he emulated his uncle George, who was part of the England football side which won the World Cup in 1966.

Martin Corry (29 caps)
The Leicester number eight always faced an uphill battle in attempting to oust Lawrence Dallaglio from the team.

But after leaving the England camp during the tournament to be present at the birth of his daughter, he returned to play in the ruthless demolition of Uruguay.

Lawrence Dallaglio (65 caps)
The ex-skipper lost the England captaincy in 1999 after boasting about his rock'n'roll lifestyle to an undercover reporter.

But his MBE marks the end of a remarkable turnaround in which he re-established himself as a world-class number eight, producing a great performance in the final.

Matt Dawson (57 caps)
Cemented his position as England's first-choice scrum-half during the World Cup, at the expense of Kyran Bracken.

His break at the end of extra time in the final, which helped set up Jonny Wilkinson for his drop goal winner, is already part of the most famous bit of footage in English rugby history.

Andy Gomarsall (15 caps)
The scrum-half was behind Kyran Bracken and Matt Dawson in the running for a first-team spot, but he did play in the demolition of Uruguay.

The Gloucester man also appeared in the recent match against the New Zealand Barbarians and, at 29, will hope for more chances in the future.

Paul Grayson (29 caps)
The Northampton fly-half would have won a whole host of extra caps for England, were it not for a certain J Wilkinson.

But he has never complained, and his 17-point haul in the recent match against the New Zealand Barbarians proved England have a more than adequate replacement for when Wilkinson is injured.

Will Greenwood (47 caps)
The Harlequins centre is one of the most potent finishers in the game, with 30 international tries to his name.

Returned home during the World Cup due to problems with his wife's pregnancy but returned for England's hour of glory.

Danny Grewcock (43 caps)
The Bath captain had a frustrating World Cup, seeing his campaign ended by a broken hand in the thrashing of Uruguay.

That was after breaking a toe in the warm-up for the opener against Georgia, but he will be hopeful of resuming his second-row partnership with Martin Johnson in the Six Nations.

Richard Hill (63 caps)
The Saracens flanker's nickname 'Silent Assassin' sums up his role in the England team perfectly.

Hill rarely dazzles in the manner of, say, Jason Robinson, but the simple fact is that England play better when he is in the team.

Martin Johnson (84 caps)
Regarded by many as the finest leader in the game, Johnson's importance in England's victory is beyond question.

His towering, brooding presence always casts a huge shadow over England's opposition.

Ben Kay (28 caps)
The quiet Liverpudlian is not always the man who catches the eye - but with his tireless driving, he makes a big contribution to the team.

His knock-on in the World Cup final with the try-line beckoning was a low point, but Kay did not let the pressure get to him.

Phil Larder (England defensive coach)
England's powerful defence has been the foundation for their success during the past 12 months, and Larder is the architect.

When he was involved in rugby league, Larder watched England lose one World Cup final to Australia in 1995 - but ensured he did not make that an unwanted double this year.

Jason Leonard (113 caps)
The seemingly indestructible Harlequins prop broke the world record for Test caps appearing as a replacement during the World Cup semi-final against France.

A cult figure for England fans, Leonard already has an MBE for services to rugby, and joins Jonny Wilkinson in being appointed an OBE.

Josh Lewsey (18 caps)
The former Army officer produces plenty of dynamic runs and is a good finisher who has already notched up 13 international tries - five in the Uruguay match in the World Cup.

At home on the wing or at full-back, the 27-year-old Wasps star can expect to add to his caps tally during the next few years.

Dan Luger (38 caps)
Luger was, infamously, England's '16th man' against Samoa, inadvertently running on to the pitch at the end of the match before being ushered off.

He would not want to be remembered for that and his try-scoring prowess - he already has 24 Test tries to his name - should ensure that the Perpignan winger is known for other reasons.

Lewis Moody (24 caps)
The tall, athletic Leicester Tiger may not quite be ready to replace Neil Back in the back row, but at just 25 will be hopeful of many opportunities to come.

And the openside flanker will always remember the climax of the World Cup final, replacing Richard Hill in the dying moments.

Dave Reddin (England fitness coach)
Banned for two matches after the infamous Dan Luger blunder against Samoa, but Reddin's impact cannot be underestimated.

England's almost legendary fitness levels were the primary reason why they were able to prevail in the tough tests against Samoa and Wales.

Mark Regan (28 caps)
Leeds hooker Regan started in England's tense victory over Samoa, but has since suffered a foot injury which kept him out of the Twickenham celebration against New Zealand Barbarians.

At 31, the former Bristol man is moving towards the later stages of his international career, but will hope to play a significant part in the Six Nations.

Andy Robinson (England coach)
The former Bath and England star's meticulous attention to detail was crucial to England's success.

His partnership with Clive Woodward proved successful at Bath and for England Under-21s - and reaped great rewards for England.

Jason Robinson (28 caps)
Possibly the most exciting runner in the game, the former rugby league star is famous for his devastating speed over short distances.

And it was his blistering pace which took him over the try line for England's only try of the final.

Simon Shaw (23 caps)
By Clive Woodward's own admission, the giant Wasps lock was unlucky not to make England's original 30-man World Cup squad - but he still made the trip after Danny Grewcock broke his hand.

The 30-year-old ultimately did not feature Down Under, but made a good impression in the recent match against New Zealand Barbarians and could yet play in the Six Nations.

Steve Thompson (24 caps)
Hooker Thompson is not a man who easily gives way to anyone - and his muscle was vital as England tried to counter the physical threat of Australia.

His line-out throwing at the World Cup was erratic, but his all-round game was as solid as anyone in the team.

Mike Tindall (33 caps)
The burly Yorkshireman got the nod over Mike Catt in the final and did his job well.

The Bath centre is widely respected, and the ankle ligament injury he recently suffered - which will probably keep him out of the Six Nations - is a big blow for England.

Phil Vickery (38 caps) The Gloucester prop, with his 50-inch chest, 19-stone bulk and oriental tattoo - which translates as 'I'll fight you to the death' - is an intimidating opponent for anyone.

Vickery has already captained England twice and some tip him to take over the job - if and when Martin Johnson steps down.

Dorian West (21 caps)
Leicester hooker West has the unwanted distinction of being the only person to captain England in defeat during 2003, skippering the second-string XV in their defeat in France in August.

He did make amends for that, however, playing as a replacement in the 24-7 semi-final win over France.

Julian White (19 caps)
The Leicester tighthead played in England's fraught pool match against Samoa, but has subsequently suffered from knee trouble.

Surgery means he will miss the rest of this season, although the prop will hope to bounce back after regaining fitness.

Jonny Wilkinson (52 caps)
Pretty much every superlative in the dictionary has been applied to England's match-winning fly-half superstar in 2003.

Already an MBE, Wilkinson's OBE adds to the World Cup winners' medal and BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy which he already has in his rapidly-filling trophy cabinet.

Trevor Woodman (15 caps) The 27-year-old front-rower has established himself as a regular in Clive Woodward's side.

The Cornishman, known as 'Dougie', made a vital contribution to the World Cup winning effort.

Clive Woodward (England head coach)
A knighthood for Woodward will come as no surprise after he spearheaded England's first major successful World Cup campaign since 1966.

Woodward has sometimes been considered eccentric, but coaches are judged on results - and on that basis he cannot be faulted.

Joe Worsley (30 caps)
The Wasps number eight blotted his World Cup copybook somewhat with his arrogant applause gesture after being sin-binned in the pool game against Uruguay.

But he is an explosive runner who has the class to flourish on the international scene and is the sort of player who can step in for Richard Hill or Lawrence Dallaglio to emphasise England's strength in depth.

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