Lawrence Dallaglio: 10 things you didn’t know about the England legend

4. Choir boy

In 1985, as a 12-year-old chorister in the King’s House School choir, Dallaglio and 20 other choristers sang backing vocals on the song “We Don’t Need Another Hero” by Tina Turner.

5. International options

The back-rower turned down an invitation to play for Ireland.

6. Star man

Dallaglio was a central member of the 2003 England Grand Slam and World Cup-winning side, being the only player to play in every minute of England’s World Cup campaign. 

7. Drugs scandal

On 24 May 1999 Dallaglio resigned as England’s rugby union captain following allegations in the News of the World that he had used and been a dealer in hard drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy: the incidents were alleged to have taken place eight or nine years earlier, though the newspaper’s front-page story made no mention of this.

Dallaglio “categorically denied” the newspaper’s claim that he had dealt in drugs and said he had been the victim of “an elaborate set-up”.