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15 of our finest just one game away from glory.

Josh lewsey (born Bromley, 1976):

England full-back likes walking his boxer puppy Olaf in the countryside, while surfing is another hobby. Admires former All Blacks skipper Sean Fitzpatrick for his mental toughness.

Height: 5ft 11in. Weight: 13st 5lbs. Position: Full-back/wing. Caps: 17. Points: 65.

JASON ROBINSON (born Leeds, 1974): Robinson's heroes reflect his rugby league background - Wendell Sailor, Gary Schofield and Ellery Hanley. As someone with a strong Christian faith, he often plays biblical teaching tapes when driving.

Height: 5ft 8in. Weight: 13st 2lbs. Position: Wing/full-back. Caps: 27. Points: 75.

WILL GREENWOOD (born Blackburn, 1972): A fanatical Manchester City supporter, Lancastrian Greenwood says his father and former England coach Richard was a major influence on his rugby career. Only Rory Underwood has scored more tries for his country.

Height: 6ft 3in. Weight: 15st. Position: Centre. Caps: 46. Points: 150.

MIKE TINDALL (born Wharfedale, 1978): Tindall rates All Blacks centre Tana Umaga as one of his toughest opponents, while former England star Jeremy Guscott and current England coach Andy Robinson have been major influences. He would like to meet Tiger Woods.

Height: 6ft 1in. Weight: 15st 2lbs. Position: Centre. Caps: 33. Points: 50.

BEN COHEN (born Northampton, 1978): Nephew of England soccer World Cup winner George, Cohen first took up rugby at the age of 12. He would like to have visited Caesar's Rome when it was "alive and kicking."

Height: 6ft 1in. Weight: 15st 10lbs. Position: Wing. Caps: 34. Points: 125.

JONNY WILKINSON (born Frimley, Surrey, 1979): The guitar-playing England superstar has many career influences, including his father Phil and brother Mark. Players he had admired include Jonathan Davies, Grant Fox, Rob Andrew and Ellery Hanley.

Height: 5ft 10in. Weight: 13st 10lbs. Position: Fly-half. Caps: 51. Points: 802.

MATT DAWSON (born Birkenhead, 1972): A former soccer player with Chelsea Boys and wicketkeeper for Buckinghamshire. Australian scrum-halves George Gregan and Nick Farr-Jones earn rave reviews from Dawson, who, after rugby, would like to work in broadcasting.

Height: 5ft 10in. Weight: 13st 10lbs. Position: Scrum-half. Caps: 56. Points: 91.

TREVOR WOODMAN (born Liskeard, Cornwall, 1976): Enjoyed early rugby success with Cornwall Under-16s and his early rugby knowledge came from playing for Plymouth Colts. Likes to relax by walking his dog, playing snooker and golf.

Height: 6ft. Weight: 18st 1lb. Position: Prop. Caps: 14. Points: 0.

STEVE THOMPSON (born Hemel Hempstead, 1978): Played for the same junior side as Ben Cohen - Northampton Old Scouts RFC - and early influences included school mentor Mark Lee. Thompson is interested in working with under-privileged children.

Height: 6ft 2in. Weight: 18st 7lbs. Position: Hooker. Caps: 23. Points: 10.

PHIL VICKERY (born Barnstaple, 1976): Family roots are firmly in Cornwall, which Vickery describes as "an awesome place." Has a major farming background, but he describes his finest rugby moment as making his Test debut against Wales in 1998.

Height: 6ft 3in. Weight: 19st 2lbs. Position: Prop. Caps: 37. Points: 5.

MARTIN JOHNSON (born Solihull, 1970): His first sporting success was finishing second in the 30-metre school sprints in 1976. England skipper Johnson is an avid American Football fan and a sports buff who specialises in trivia of the 1970s.

Height: 6ft 6in. Weight: 18st 7lbs. Position: Lock. Caps: 83. Points: 10.

BEN KAY (born Liverpool, 1975): First started playing for the Waterloo rugby minis, and former England wing Mike Slemen was an early influence on his career. Enjoys gardening and says his two grandfathers are the two people he would most like to have met, but never did.

Height: 6ft 6in. Weight: 17st 9lbs. Position: Lock. Caps: 27. Points: 10.

RICHARD HILL (born Dormansland, Surrey, 1973): Former England back-row forwards Peter Winterbottom and Dean Richards are Hill's sporting heroes. Had he not been a pro rugby player, then a career as a PE teacher or gym instructor might have beckoned.

Height: 6ft 1in. Weight: 15st 13lbs. Position: Back-row. Caps: 62. Points: 55.

NEIL BACK (born Coventry, 1969): England's all-action openside flanker enjoys golf, football and athletics away from rugby, while his favourite city breaks are Monte Carlo, Paris and Rome. His favourite actresses are Sandra Bullock and Sigourney Weaver.

Height: 5ft 10in. Weight: 14st 9lbs. Position: Flanker. Caps: 65. Points: 83.

LAWRENCE DALLAGLIO (born Shepherd's Bush, 1972): Dallaglio has plenty of rugby heroes, including Peter Winterbottom, Mike Teague and Zinzan Brooke. Major career influences are former Wasps colleagues Rob Andrew and Dean Ryan.

Height: 6ft 4in. Weight: 17st 2lbs. Position: Back-row. Caps: 64. Points: 70.
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Date:Nov 21, 2003
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