England's Rugby World Cup winners Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Jason Robinson will be reunited this autumn as part of ITV's Rugby World Cup coverage, it has been announced.
The 2003 World Cup heroes will join their former head coach Sir Clive Woodward for this year's tournament on home soil, which gets underway at Twickenham on 18 September when England take on Fiji.
The foursome will all feature as pundits for the broadcaster, and will be joined by a host of big names from the world of rugby union that have written the headlines in the past World Cups.
Recently retired Ireland captain Brian O'Driscoll will also be a part of the line-up, while the theme of ex-internationals continues in the form of Wales' Gareth Thomas and George Gregan of Australia. The lead presenter role has gone to John Inverdale, who has presented the BBC's Six Nations coverage since 2006.
England 55 France 35 player ratings
England 55 France 35 player ratings
1/30 15. Mike Brown - 8/10
Solid at the back and invariably took right option in attack. Got so worked up that he was ticked off by referee.
2/30 14. Anthony Watson - 7
Flaws in his game but so much to admire in this young tyro. Looks to have nailed the right-wing spot.
3/30 13. Jonathan Joseph - 7
Not best day, partly as so many line breaks occurred closer to the ruck. Tournament’s top try scorer.
4/30 12. Luther Burrell - 6
Played his part in exhilarating match. Perhaps harsh to say that question marks remain.
5/30 11. Jack Nowell - 7
After his amazing yardage against the Scots, took a while to join in the fun. Two second-half tries.
6/30 10. George Ford - 9
Kicking accuracy out of hand wavered but puts fear into every opponent. Superb goal kicking.
7/30 9. Ben Youngs - 10
Situation was made for him. Remarkable verve and energy, and two tries and assist to boot. Perhaps his finest game for England.
8/30 1. Joe Marler - 8
Stepped up impressively from last week by outmuscling the veteran Mas. Put himself about in the loose.
9/30 2. Dylan Hartley - 6
Good shift in tight but struggled to keep pace with breathtaking action.
10/30 3. Dan Cole - 8
Strong over the ruck ball, something England have missed, and solid in the scrum. Marked 50th cap splendidly.
11/30 4. Geoff Parling - 6
First Test start since last summer’s tour. Tackled his heart out and made a difference in the line-out.
12/30 5. Courtney Lawes - 8
Physical and menacing. His thumping tackle on Plisson was arguably the highlight of an amazing 80 minutes.
13/30 6. James Haskell - 4
Marred busy performance with poor hands and cynical trip that earned yellow card. But still has lot to offer.
14/30 7. Chris Robshaw - 7
Has played every minute of the past 20 England Tests. Huge tackle count this year. Need you say more?
15/30 8. Billy Vunipola - 9
Pillar of strength during England’s horror first quarter. The tournament’s top carrier and bagged important try.
16/30 France: 15. Scott Spedding - 6
Has been one of France’s successes but not quite as sharp yesterday.
17/30 14. Yoann Huget - 6
Has been accused of showboating and play-acting – but no doubting his talent. Strong in the air.
18/30 13. Gael Fickou - 6
At last the centre – 21 next week – came out of his shell. Winning try in this fixture last year.
19/30 12. Maxime Mermoz -7
Key cog in often malfunctioning back line. Clever block on Watson in build-up to Debaty’s try.
20/30 11. Noa Nakaitaci - 6
Almost made hash of his try when delaying touchdown. France’s first Fiji-born international.
21/30 10. Jules Plisson - 5
Mixed performance and far from lethal off the tee. Not helped by poor service by his No 9.
22/30 9. Sebastian Tillous-Borde - 4
Took try well but erratic passing put Plisson under pressure. Totally outplayed by the electric Youngs.
23/30 1. Vincent Debaty - 6
For such a huge man, miraculous effort to get his 60th-minute try.
24/30 2. Guilhelm Guirado - 8
Relished the looseness of the match. Superb offload for Mermoz try and scoring pass to Nakaitaci.
25/30 3. Nicolas Mas - 6
Making up for lost time after his omission last month. No Frenchman has started more Tests (78) at prop.
26/30 4. Alexandre Flanquart - 6
Going from strength to strength since his 2014 debut against England. But met his match in Parling.
27/30 5. Yohann Maestri - 5
Has become a permanent fixture in French eight but below par here
28/30 6. Thierry Dusautoir - 9
The former World Player of the Year shows no sign of diminishing. A maestro of the breakdown.
29/30 7. Bernard Le Roux - 6
Few positives for the South African-born flanker on a day when England had most of the momentum.
30/30 8. Loann Goujon - 6
A newcomer to the side and made plenty of carries in a losing cause.
Wilkinson unforgettably kicked the winning drop goal for the Red Rose against Australia in the final 12 years ago, while Robinson scored England's only try in the topsy-turvy 20-17 triumph after extra-time.
Gregan skippered Australia that day and also played in the victorious 1999 Wallabies side, but he will stand alongside Wilkinson this time rather than stand opposite the ex-fly-half.
Thomas, the first openly gay professional rugby player, reprises his broadcasting role from 2011 and O'Driscoll watches a World Cup from the sidelines for the first time since 1995 after retiring from the game last year.
Former British and Irish Lions and Scotland coach Sir Ian McGeechan, victorious 1995 South Africa captain Francois Pienaar, New Zealand's Sean Fitzpatrick, Australia's Michael Lynagh and David Flatman complete the list of pundits.
Niall Sloane, ITV director of sport, said: "A Rugby World Cup hosted by England is a once in a generation event and it's our privilege as the exclusive television broadcaster to bring viewers the full impact of all the action and emotion throughout what we hope will be an unforgettable tournament.
"We believe we've assembled a world-class line up of rugby talent who, through their own expertise, experience and sheer passion for the game can help deliver the best possible coverage for those watching at home."
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