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Neil Back tells brilliant 2003 World Cup story on Twitter

Responding to a story by the Leicester Mercury, World Cup winner and England legend Neil Back has told a brilliant tale on Twitter.

The article, which was about why England players will have no problems when they return to Leicester Tigers, prompted Back to share the story.

He tweeted: “Not a problem, the 8 @LeicesterTigers players involved in winning RWC’03 landed at Heathrow Tue, returned to club training Wed & were part of the 23 man squad on Sat v Bath (H)


“We lost & proved comprehensively that lack of sleep & alcohol is detrimental to performance.”

During his international career Back played in three World Cups,1995, 1999, and 2003, where he was an integral part of the 2003 World Cup winning side.

He also went on three British and Irish Lions tours – SA’97 Winners, AUS’01 & NZ’05. He gained 66 caps for England, captaining them to victory four times, and scored 16 tries and 1 drop goal (the only England forward to do so in a test match in the history of the game).

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