The Vault: England 25 - 14 Australia, June 2003

  • Vault relives England Test win against the Wallabies in 2003
  • Greenwood, Tindall and Cohen all score

Before Eddie Jones’ side recorded a stunning victory in Brisbane on Saturday, this game in 2003 was England’s record score against the Wallabies in Australia.

It is an iconic game in the history of English rugby because it answered the questions of many critics at the time who doubted the side that went on to lift the Rugby World Cup four months later.

England scored three tries during the game including Ben Cohen’s famous 30-metre charge through the Wallaby defence.

Centres Will Greenwood and Mike Tindall also crossed over to cancel out Wendell Sailor’s effort for the home side, but it was Jonny Wilkinson’s 10 points from the boot that kicked England to an impressive total.

This match completed a Test double for the touring side who had beaten New Zealand 13-15 in Wellington the week before.


Ben Cohen

In 2011, Cohen founded The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation which helps people suffering from long-term effects of bullying.

On 18 June 2013, Cohen was named as one of the initial inductees to the National Gay and Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame for his work on homophobia within his foundation.

The 37 year-old has earned an MBE and appeared on a variety of television programmes such as Strictly Come Dancing and The Jump.

Kyran Bracken

Bracken’s television career began when he was shown being tackled on an episode of Friends in 1998 and following his retirement he won ITV’s Dancing on Ice with professional dancer Melanie Lambert.

He reappeared in a variety of spin-offs from the ITV programme including  the live tour and he finished fifth in the 2014 ‘all stars’ edition of the show.

The 44 year-old lives with his wife and three kids near Barnet and he remains an honorary president of rugby charity Wooden Spoon.

Will Greenwood

Since retiring in 2006 Greenwood has become a key member of the Sky Sports presenting team doing match analysis alongside Wilkinson.

The 43 year-old has a column in the Daily Telegraph and has been the co-presenter of School of Hard Knocks on Sky Sports alongside Scott Quinell. Outside of media Greenwood co-founded a travel and events business aimed at children and he is a patron of Child Bereavement UK, a charity which supports parents who have lost a child.