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Johnson named O2 Player of the Century

03 November 2009

  • Martin Johnson named O2 Player of the Century
  • 2003 RWC winning captain honoured as greatest player in 100 years of rugby at Twickenham

Martin Johnson carries possesion forward in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final against Australia

Photo: Getty Images

England Team Manager Martin Johnson was crowned O2 Player of the Century at Twickenham Stadium’s Centenary Dinner on Monday evening.

Johnson, captain when England lifted the Rugby World Cup in 2003, was chosen by the public as the greatest player to have appeared at Twickenham in the last 100 years.

The former Leicester Tigers lock received more than 10 per cent of the 31, 000 votes cast on the RFU Museum site, edging out Wales legend Gareth Edwards and fellow 2003 world cup winner Jason Robinson.

The three time British and Irish Lions tourist was delighted to pick up the prestigious award and said: “This is a huge honour and it's a privilege to be named in the company of so many great players.

“I've got so many good memories of Twickenham Stadium from receiving my first cap at 24 hours notice when I was in camp with the England B team, through to beating South Africa in 1998 and all three SANZAR countries in 2002.”

The top ten shortlisted players was also announced, which includes a further three of Johnson’s and Robinson’s world cup winning teammates, forwards Richard Hill, Lawrence Dallaglio and Neil Back.

The full list is as follows: Martin Johnson (England), Gareth Edwards (Wales), Jason Robinson (England), Lawrence Dallaglio (England), Richard Hill (England), Jonah Lomu (New Zealand), David Duckham (England), Rory Underwood (England), Neil Back (England), Serge Blanco (France).