Johnson: England can win 2019 RWC

Martin Johnson (File)
Martin Johnson (File)

Cape Town - Former England captain and coach Martin Johnson believes the current team can go on to win the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

In an interview with BBC Sport, Johnson - who captained England to World Cup glory in Australia in 2003 - said Eddie Jones' men are building a level of experience which could see them emulate his team of the early 2000s.

England face the Wallabies at Twickenham on Saturday and a win will equal the record 14-match winning streak set by Johnson's men.

“We had a very experienced team at that point," said Johnson. 

"You've got a group now who have been around for a couple of World Cups, and have got a lot of caps."

Players like captain Dylan Hartley and scrumhalf Ben Youngs are key cogs in the England team, Johnson believes.

“(They) have 50 caps-plus, so they are getting into the part of their careers when they are at their peak. We still need more players to come through and really hit that world-class level, and when you have a squad of 20-plus guys like that, you have a chance to really do something."

Johnson, 46, played 84 Tests for England between 1993 and 2003 and also coached the team between 2008 and 2011.

While, Johnson backs England for the next World Cup, local bookmakers, Sportingbet.co.za, have them as second-favourites (9/2) behind New Zealand, who can be backed at 6/5 odds to win a third World Cup in a row.

The Wallabies are third favourites (11/2), followed by South Africa (6/1).

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
Mumbai Indians 166/5
Royal Challengers Bangalore 164/6
loading... Live
Moroka Swallows 0
Bloemfontein Celtic 0
loading... Live
Orlando Pirates 0
Stellenbosch FC 0
loading... Live
Maritzburg United 0
Cape Town City 0
loading... Live
Mamelodi Sundowns 0
TTM FC 0
loading... Live
TS Galaxy FC 0
AmaZulu 0
loading... Live
Lamontville Golden Arrows 0
SuperSport United 0
loading... Live
Istanbul Basaksehir 0
Paris SG 0
loading... Live
FC Krasnodar 0
Chelsea 0
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
42% - 8940 votes
Cricket
11% - 2308 votes
Football
19% - 4081 votes
Athletics
2% - 528 votes
Boxing
1% - 191 votes
Cycling
2% - 496 votes
Golf
5% - 1042 votes
Motorsport
9% - 1813 votes
Tennis
3% - 726 votes
Water sports
1% - 198 votes
American sports
1% - 266 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 672 votes
Vote