Josh Lewsey factfile

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1976: Born Owen Joshua Lewsey on November 30 in Bromley, Kent.

1995: Joins Wasps after playing junior rugby for Amersham and Chiltern Rugby Football Club. Plays for Wasps' Colts side and captains the under-21s. Plays for Bristol while attending Bristol University.

1998: Rejoins Wasps. Wins first England cap against Australia on 'Tour of Hell'.

1999: Wasps win Tetley's Bitter Cup.

2000: Wasps retain Tetley's Bitter Cup.

2001: Appears in all three Tests for England on their North American tour. Graduates from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and serves as an officer in the British Army with the Royal Artillery for two years before opting to play professional rugby.

2002: Part of the England side that win the Hong Kong Sevens and also represents England in sevens at the Commonwealth Games.

2003: Makes his home England debut in the Six Nations following an injury to Jason Robinson. Scores two tries in the 40-5 win over Italy and grabs another try against Scotland as England win the grand slam.

May - Wins his first Zurich Premiership title with Wasps, who also triumph in the Parker Pen Shield.

June - Establishes himself as England's first-choice full-back and plays a key role in Tests against Australia and New Zealand.

October/November - An integral part of the England side that beat Australia to win the Rugby World Cup. Lewsey plays in five matches during the tournament, scoring five tries in the 111-13 defeat of Uruguay, equalling the record for the most tries in a Test match held jointly by Rory Underwood against Fiji in 1989 and Daniel Lambert against France in 1907. Awarded MBE.

2004: Plays on the right wing against Italy and Scotland in the Six Nations and scores a try in both games, being named man of the match at Murrayfield.

May - Ends a stellar season by helping Wasps clinch the Zurich Premiership and Heineken Cup double.

2005: Helps Wasps successfully defend their Premiership title. Selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and features prominently as England suffer a 3-0 series defeat. Undergoes shoulder surgery on his return that delays the start of his season until October.

2006: Injures his shoulder in England's first match of the Six Nations against Wales but returns for the third game against Scotland. Wasps win the Anglo Welsh Powergen Cup. Takes the summer off from international rugby to go climbing in the Himalayas, reaching the base camp of K2.

August - Scores 11 tries at the Middlesex Sevens to became the tournament's top try and points scorer, helping Wasps win their first Middlesex title since 1993.

2007: Part of Six Nations side again and wins a second Heineken Cup with Wasps.

September/October - Included in the England squad for the World Cup in France. Scores the only try in the 14-9 semi-final victory over France but picks up a hamstring injury that rules him out of the final, which England lose to South Africa.

2008: Omitted from the Six Nations squad but, after Martin Johnson takes over from Brian Ashton as national team boss, included in the England squad for 2008-09.

November - Does not feature in any of the autumn internationals.

December 10 - Announces England retirement after 55 caps.