Ten years today since one of our most glorious sporting moments!

Ten years on and the captivating moment of sporting theatre delivered by Jonny Wilkinson on November 22, 2003 remains vivid to the most acclaimed of England's World Cup heroes.
Ten years on and the captivating moment of sporting theatre delivered by Jonny Wilkinson on November 22, 2003 remains vivid to the most acclaimed of England's World Cup heroes.
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So it is a decade, tomorrow, since England won the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup.

Ten years? It doesn’t feel like it, writes Tom Bestwick.

So familiar are those iconic images of Jonny Wilkinson preparing to kick the winning drop goal in extra time and Martin Johnson holding aloft the Webb Ellis Cup.

It represented the nation’s first hugely-significant piece of silverware since Bobby Moore and co did their business at Wembley back in 1966.

Wilkinson’s dramatic drop goal 26 seconds from the end in their own backyard had those Australians eating humble pie.

Earlier, in the pouring Sydney rain, the 35,000 travelling England fans had been chewing their fingernails.

One final line-out, an upfield drive from Matt Dawson, a last desperate surge into the Aussie 22, the ball comes back, Wilkinson’s swings his right peg...and the rest is sweet sporting history.

We often talk about snowball effects, but England haven’t really capitalised.

The 2003 success was supposed to yield a golden era for British rugby.

Now the world cup is set to land in this country in 2015.

Do we hold a realistic chance of repeating that feat?

Maybe not, but let’s not focus on that - let’s give another round of applause to the golden squad of yesteryear.

That contingent of rugby heroes have this week been reflecting on that notorious day.

Sir Clive Woodward, England’s coach, recalls: “They were a special group. There is this real bond you have achieved, something that no-one can take away from you. Not many people get the chance to do what we did, never mind deliver on it.”

**EMBARGOED UNTIL 2200 THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2013 **  File photo dated 22/11/2003 of England's Jonny Wilkinson (centre right) being congratulated by team-mate Mike Catt, on scoring the winning drop goal against Australia in the Rugby World Cup Final at the Telstra Stadium, Sydney, Australia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday November 21, 2013. Ten years on and the captivating moment of sporting theatre delivered by Jonny Wilkinson on November 22, 2003 remains vivid to the most acclaimed of England's World Cup heroes. See PA story RUGBYU Wilkinson. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

**EMBARGOED UNTIL 2200 THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21, 2013 ** File photo dated 22/11/2003 of England's Jonny Wilkinson (centre right) being congratulated by team-mate Mike Catt, on scoring the winning drop goal against Australia in the Rugby World Cup Final at the Telstra Stadium, Sydney, Australia. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday November 21, 2013. Ten years on and the captivating moment of sporting theatre delivered by Jonny Wilkinson on November 22, 2003 remains vivid to the most acclaimed of England's World Cup heroes. See PA story RUGBYU Wilkinson. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.

Jason Robinson, England’s only try scorer on the night, added: “That feeling will never leave me. When I’m old I’ll always know I scored in a World Cup final – not many players get the opportunity to do that but the main thing is we won the game.”

Those very same men will be celebrating at Twickenham on Saturday.

That’s the stadium those players turned into a fortress in the years building up to their world cup triumph.

But, what do you remember about that amazing win ten years ago?

Apart from that famous Wilkinson kick - what other moments of that triumph do you remember?

It’s English rugby’s finest hour, also no doubt a great moment in British sporting history, but is it the greatest?

If not, what is the great sporting moment.

What sporting moment means more to you than any other?

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