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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 November, 2003, 20:50 GMT
One amazing day

By Matt Dawson
England scrum-half

I am just overwhelmed.

It is the most surreal feeling really, winning the World Cup.

It is a life-changing moment, no question. We have got to make sure we enjoy it as much as we possibly can now.

The couple of hours after the game were very emotional, but I think I have managed to take it all in as much as I can.

Matt Dawson celebrates England's victory
A memorable moment for Dawson

This is the culmination of a huge couple of years. We kept saying it was about the World Cup and the pressure was just immense.

If I have a moment to myself, I will reflect and think I was really pleased with the way I dealt with the pressure in a pivotal role.

It was particularly pleasing to be involved in the move which led to Jonny's winning drop goal.

I seem to have a habit of coming up with school-boy dummies when I really need it!

The ball was at the back of a ruck and I thought: "It is a long drop goal for Jonny from here.

"He is going to have people bearing down on him. They are going to be in the blocks waiting."

So I thought: "Right, let's give it a go, let's have a dummy, let's have a dab."

We are world champions, we have got it right and it is time for other teams to look at themselves

As soon as I went through I thought: "Right, we just need to recycle this, and surely he's going to have a pop at it."

And there it is, the rest is already history.

It was fantastic out there on the pitch afterwards, getting the medals and taking the Cup round to our supporters.

They were just brilliant. All those people shouting and screaming. It was incredible.

I was trying to pick out people in the crowd. I saw my Mum and Dad, which was brilliant, but I couldn't see Joanne, my girlfriend.

You just want to savour the whole experience as best you can, enjoy it with the lads.

None of us could stop smiling, we were all messing about.

It was a strange game because we felt we were on top but we couldn't put them away.

There were a few missed opportunities, particularly Ben Kay's "try" in the corner.

Matt Dawson and Ben Cohen celebrate victory
Matt Dawson and Ben Cohen savour that winning feeling

Looking back, maybe I should have gone for the line myself. But it was one of those situations where it was a walk-in for Ben.

In the World Cup final, you make sure you give it to him and he scores in the corner, without any doubt.

Jason Robinson took his try really well, there was some great work there, and we played some really good rugby in the first half.

But in the second half our set-pieces had a bit of a wobble and we possibly went looking for territory and penalties a little bit too much and went away from our game plan.

Fortunately the old stagers we have got in our side showed there is no substitute for that experience.

There are plenty of reasons why I am so pleased to win it, but all the crap that everyone has given us about being too old and boring makes it extra special.

We are world champions, we have got it right and it is time for other teams to look at themselves.

We will now get on with the business of celebrating. I think it will be a long two or three days.





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