When you think back ten years ago to that famous night in Sydney, you think of the players’ heroics that won England the Rugby World Cup.
You think of Jonny Wilkinson’s drop goal, Jason Robinson’s scorching try, Martin Johnson’s fearless leadership.
But these men were aided and abetted by a vast supporting cast, from fringe players who didn’t make the starting XV to the men and women in the background of the England setup under Sir Clive Woodward.
Together, they formed the most sophisticated coaching collective rugby had ever seen at the time.
Woodward identified all the areas in which England would need specialist expertise to push them on to the next level, and he went out and recruited them.
So, from the subs’ bench to the sports scientists, let’s herald, a decade on, the unsung heroes of that famous night.