Australia 76-0 England: Where Are The Starting XV Now?
On the 6th June 1998, England suffered their heaviest defeat in Test match history against Australia, losing 76-0 in Brisbane.
Without several injured or unavailable big names, England coach Clive Woodward named five new caps. But it was boys against men.
Here’s what happened to that youthful XV:
Fullback: Tim Stimpson
Stimpson enjoyed a varied and highly successful club career, although he made a less forceful impact on the international stage. During an international career that ran from 1996-2002 Stimpson won 20 England caps and was included in the tour squad for the 1997 British and Irish Lions series in South Africa, winning a Test cap as a replacement in the final Test. He’s now golfing, speaking and saving companies time and money.
Winger: Spencer Brown
Won both his caps during the infamous tour. He is now Director of Peak Performance Centre of Excellence Ltd, a Strength & Conditioning and Injury Rehabilitation Centre based in Rugby, Warwickshire, and is a consultant in strength & conditioning at the Derby Nuffield Health Hospital. Spencer, along with fellow rugby player Mark Dunkley, are co-founders of RugbyFestUK.
Centre: Matt Perry
The Bath legend ended his international career with a more respectful defeat against the Wallabies, starting as the British & Irish Lions lost 29-13 against the Aussies. A bulging disc in his back resulted in spasms in his left leg, and he retired from playing rugby on 27 March 2007. Perry now works for a management consultancy company based near Bath.
Centre: Steve Ravenscroft
The Saracens centre was another one of the main casualties of the ‘Tour from Hell’ as he won his only two caps during the trip. He is now a solicitor and plays occasional rugby for the SpoonAAs, formerly Anti-Assassins team, the rugby team of the Wooden Spoon charity.
Winger: Austin Healey
Healey continued to be a regular for Leicester and England up until 2003. However, being dropped from the World Cup squad would gnaw at Healey to the end of his career, and he never played for England again following the World Cup warm-up with France in August 2003.
His retirement came at the end of the 2005-06 season following several damaging injuries. The former speedster is now a vocal and sometimes a little controversial pundit for BT Sport.