Clive Woodward Signed Programme.
This is a signed Legends of World Rugby Programme. It was signed at the event on Thursday 17 September 2015. The event was to launch the 2015 Rugby World Cup. It has been signed by Sir Clive Woodward former England Rugby Coach, Nick Farr-Jones former Australian World Cup Winning captain, John Eales another former Australian Rugby captain and finally John Smit a former South African captain. A great piece of signed rugby memorabilia signed by four legends of the game. It is framed and s ready to hang on the wall. It comes supplied with a Coa, verifying that all signatures are genuine.
Sir Clive Woodward Bibliography
Sir Clive Ronald Woodward OBE was born 6 January 1956 and is an English former rugby union player and coach. He was coach of the England team from 1997 to 2004, managing them to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He also coached the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand.
His first class playing career began at Harlequins but he left to go to Loughborough University.Whilst there he played as a centre for Leicester from 1979 to 1985. He made his England debut against Ireland on 19 January 1980, as a replacement. England won the Grand Slam in that season, winning all their games. He went on to gain 21 caps for his country, playing his last game on 17 March 1984 against Wales. He was a member of the 1980 British Lions tour to South Africa and 1983 British Lions tour to New Zealand. He was most noted for his centre partnership with fellow Tiger Paul Dodge.He also played for the Barbarians and also won the Hong Kong Sevens in 1981.
He began his Rugby coaching career at the then obscure Henley, who were promoted to the national leagues. After a short but successful spell of coaching at London Irish, he was unable to handle the politics of the club and was forced out. He became assistant coach at Leicester's arch rivals Bath under Andy Robinson, and when Jack Rowell retired as coach of the England team in 1997, he became coach.
He had the job of transforming the England side from the amateur era into the professional one. Having been quoted as requesting that the press judge him on England's performance at the 1999 Rugby World Cup,England were were beaten by South Africa and his job was questioned. But England steadily improved under him and were Six Nations champions in 2000 and 2001, and completed the Grand Slam in 2003 with an emphatic 42–6 victory over Ireland in Dublin. England followed up by defeating the All Blacks in New Zealand for the first time since 1973, holding out for a 15–13 win despite being reduced to 13 men in the second half with two forwards in the sin bin. A week later reigning world champions Australia were beaten 25–14 in Melbourne, England's first ever win on Australian soil. England entered the 2003 Rugby World Cup as betting favourites and the number one ranked team in the world. Victories over Georgia, South Africa, Samoa, Uruguay, Wales and France took England to the final, where they faced the hosts and reigning champions Australia. England won 20–17 thanks to a drop goal in the final seconds of extra time.
He was knighted in the 2004 New Year's honours. Currently, England are still the only team from the Northern Hemisphere to win the World Cup. From 2000 to 2003, his record with England was 41 wins from 46 matches, which included a perfect record of 20 wins and no losses at Twickenham and 12 successive wins against the Tri Nations.
He struggled to rebuild the team after the 2003 World Cup and stood down as coach in Septembver 2004. He was coach of the British Lions that toured New Zealand in 2005, but lost all three tests and his coaching credentials were severely tarnished. He retired from Rugby coaching after that tour and now concentrates on Tv punditry and after dinner speaking. He was inducted into the Rugby Hall of Fame in 2011.
Nick Farr Jones Bibliography
Nicholas Campbell Farr-Jones AM was born 18 April 1962 in Caringbah, New South Wales and is a former Australian rugby union footballer. His position was scrum-half. He is probably best remembered for winning the 1991 Rugby World Cup with his team against England. He now works at Taurus Funds Management, appears as a TV rugby commentator on UK Sky Sports and is the chairman of the New South Wales Rugby Union.
He played for Australia between 1984-1993, winning 63 caps and scoring 37 points. His heighligh was winnng the 1991 Rugby World Cup .
John Eales Bibliography
John Eales was born 27 June 1970 and is an Australian former rugby union player and the most successful captain in the history of Australian rugby. He became one of only twenty dual Rugby World Cup winners.
He played lock for Queensland Reds and Australia. He nickname "Nobody" because "Nobody's perfect" , was given to him due to his outstanding ability as a rugby player. He played for Australia between 1991-2001 and was capped 86 times. His 55-cap reign as captain marked an era of Australian success in world rugby. He played a major part in Australia's victories at the Rugby World Cup twice in his illustrious career, first in 1991, and later skippering his country to victory in 1999. he took over the captaincy from Rod McCall.
He has scored 173 points for Australia – 2 tries,, 34 penalties & 31 conversions] – a total which, as of April 2013, places him 12th on the all-time scoring list for Australia. He is the highest scoring forward in test rugby history and, as of November 2015, only one of seven forwards to have surpassed 100 points in test rugby.In 2007 he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame.
John Smit Bibliography
John William Smit was born 3 April 1978 and is a South African former rugby union player and former chief executive officer of the Sharks. He was the 50th captain of the South Africa national rugby union team, and led the team to win the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He played most of his senior career as a hooker, but also won 13 caps as a prop. He retired from international rugby following the 2011 Rugby World Cup as the most-capped South African player ever, with 111 appearances., scoring 40 points. He was inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame in 2011
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