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Jonny ‘overawed’, Woodward ‘gobsmacked’

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"I'm overawed by the support as we all are," said Wilkinson at a press conference at Bagshot afterwards. "It was something else. Hugely humbling and massively uplifting. The guys all appreciate that more than they can put into words.

"I'm keen to get back to life but not to lose memories like that.

"I remember how I saw it and I remember how the team pulled together to give ourselves one more chance to win the game."

The modest Wilkinson, who scored 15 out of England's 20 points in the Final, including the drop-goal in the 19th minute of extra-time that secured the win, seemed happy just to return to a 'normal' life post-RWC.

"Above all I am desperately keen to maintain the lifestyle I have which allows me to prepare for what I love doing, and never want to let anything get in the way of that," he said.

"I've learned from the World Cup, how hugely intense it was to be involved and how important it is to enjoy what you're doing, which I have learned from people like Martin Johnson."

Coach Woodward, meanwhile, who has seen all the highs and lows since taking over from Jack Rowell in 1997, was "gobsmacked" by his squad's support upon their arrival.

"I think it's starting to," said Woodward. "Over there we were gobsmacked by the support in the stadium and phoning home, you want to know what's happening back here.

"But when we came into airport it was something very special. It's starting to sink in, what we've actually done – it's massive credit to Martin and the team for what they've done."


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