The Johnson years: how his reign unfolded


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April 2008

The legendary former lock and captain is appointed team manager.


Johnson's first serious Tests see heavy defeats to South Africa, Australia (right) and New Zealand.

February 2009

England start the Six Nations with two defeats in Dublin and in Cardiff, but finish second.

February 2010

England lose 20-16 at home to Ireland in the Six Nations, and end the competition third.


Australia are beaten 21-20 by England in Sydney and then at Twickenham 35-18 in November.

February 2011

A 26-19 triumph in Cardiff gets England off to a strong Six Nations start as they win four games.


Denied a Grand Slam by a 24-8 defeat in Dublin (left), England still win first Six Nations since 2003.


Binge drinking after first World Cup game causes uproar, as do comments made to a hotel maid.


England win all four group games but need late tries against Argentina and Scotland to do so.


Go out in the quarter-finals with 19-12 defeat to France (left). Manu Tuiliagi jumps off a ferry.