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Ben Youngs reaches 100 – England’s most-capped XV

Fly-half | Jonny Wilkinson – 91:  He will forever be remembered as the man who kicked England to Rugby World Cup glory in Australia in 2003 – slotting a last-gasp drop goal in extra-time to edge out the hosts in a thrilling tournament finale. Regularly a left-footer, the talented fly-half slotted that memorable kick with his right foot to cement his place in English sporting history. 

Scrum-half | Ben Youngs – 100: Youngs went on to break Matt Dawson’s record for England Test starts at scrum-half in the opening match of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations against Italy in Rome. He’s then played a key role in England’s 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign

Prop | Jason Leonard – 114: He was the youngest man ever to pack down in England’s front row when he made his debut aged 22 against Argentina in 1990. Fourteen years later he retired as the only English player to rack up a century of Test of caps, and was for a time the world’s most capped player.

Hooker | Dylan Hartley – 97: He is regarded as one of the finest hookers England has produced, and for good reason. The hooker racked up almost a century of caps, winning three Six Nations titles including the Grand Slam in 2016.

Prop | Dan Cole – 95: A quiet, determined presence, Dan Cole rose to prominence with England after a tough start in the game at Leicester Tigers. Having battled with legendary Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni for game-time at Welford Road, the tighthead emerged in credit for the experience. His cap tally shows how consistent he’s been in the years since.


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