Gloucester Rugby’s Trevor Woodman was inducted into Premiership Rugby’s Hall of Fame last week.
Woodman, now coaching with the Cherry & Whites, enjoyed an illustrious career as player at Kingsholm, being one of three Gloucester Rugby players involved in the 2003 World Cup victory for England.
Woodman was at the heart of Gloucester’s revival at the beginning of the 21st century. He helped the Cherry & Whites to their best season in years in 1999-2000, finishing third in the table, while he spearheaded their Zurich Championship play-off run two years later.
England head coach Clive Woodward was suitably impressed and handed Woodman his first Test start in a memorable 31-28 win against New Zealand in autumn 2002, a result that gave the squad belief that they could win the World Cup.
Woodman went from strength to strength, helping Gloucester Rugby to the top of the Premiership table in 2002-2003. His form that season put him firmly in the England Rugby World Cup squad.
In a squad packed with quality props, including Jason Leonard and Julian White, Woodman started four matches at the 2003 World Cup, including the semi-final win against France and final success against Australia, as England became world champions for the first time.
Back in the Premiership, Gloucester continued to knock on the door, finishing fourth in the 2003-04 season, in what proved to be Woodman’s penultimate campaign at the club.
Woodman then switched to Sale Sharks, however, a long-term back injury restricted him to just three appearances for his new team and he was forced to retire after just one season in Manchester aged 29.
Woodman returned to Kingsholm in March 2014, following coaching stints in Australia and Wasps. He has since been an integral part of the coaching set-up for the Cherry & Whites.
In all, Woodman made 93 Premiership Rugby appearances and scored eight tries, and rightly takes his place the prestigious Premiership Rugby Hall of Fame.