"Total disaster" - Sir Clive Woodward’s final five England debutants flopped - Ruck

“Total disaster” – Sir Clive Woodward’s final five England debutants flopped

Spearheading England to Rugby World Cup triumph in 2003, head coach Sir Clive Woodward struggled in the months that followed.

His last tour as England coach came in the summer of 2004, with an ill-fated trip to New Zealand and Australia.

England were beaten by New Zealand in two tests, without scoring a single try, going down 36–3 in the first and 36–12 in the second. The team then went to Australia, where they were beaten 51–15.

Have a look at the last 5 Woodward debutants with England and how they fared. Only one could really be considered a proper success.

1. Tim Payne

  • Position: Prop
  • Total caps: 22
  • Debut: v Australia at Brisbane, 2004

Made his debut in Woodward’s final game as head coach, with England being comprehensively beat 55-15 by the Wallabies. He’d go onto feature sparingly over the next six years, winning 22 caps in total.

He was called into the squad for the 2009 British and Irish Lions Tour, but did not feature in a Test match.

Verdict: Not bad

Where is he now? He’s now the strength and conditioning coach at Newcastle Falcons