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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 November, 2003, 15:17 GMT
Woodward targets next goal
England coach Clive Woodward
Woodward was delighted to get his hands on the trophy
England coach Clive Woodward's turned his attention onto next season's Six Nations campaign just moments after his side won the World Cup.

Woodward became the first northern hemisphere coach to win rugby's ultimate prize following England's thrilling 20-17 win over Australia at Sydney's Telstra Stadium on Saturday.

Afterwards he delighted in the result but insisted he and his players would not stop there.

He said: "We're on a roll and winning the World Cup is massive. But we have to keep up the momentum.

"We'll start with the Six Nations and keep this going."

England took Australia's mantle as world champions in dramatic fashion as fly-half Jonny Wilkinson snapped over a drop goal with just 26 seconds left on the clock.

And Woodward admitted doing so against Australia, where he started his coaching career with Manly, was even sweeter.

"I particularly wanted it to be Australia who we beat in the final," he confessed.

It's up to the players but I am hopeful they will all still be there for the Six Nations
Clive Woodward on potential England retirements

"I think we provided an epic final we deserved to win and have now won five in a row over Australia."

But the ultimate result did not come without hiccups, as England struggled with their line-out throwing and were let down by some poor discipline, particularly in the front five.

"I was getting pretty excited in the box,"said Woodward. "At times we were commtting silly errors and allowing them to get back into the match.

"I think before this match we had barely conceded a penalty at a set scrum with our front row but all of a sudden we had six against us.

England's World Cup-winning squad now looks likely to be broken up to some degree, with a number of players tipped to retire from international rugby.

But Woodward remained hopeful he could persuade a few of "dad's army", as they have been billed in some quarters, to stretch out their Test careers.

He added: "It's up to the players but I am hopeful they will all still be there for the Six Nations."





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