Martin Johnson, Crash Ball; framed print on a white brick wall.

Martin Johnson “Crash Ball” – Canvas Print by Rod Coyne.

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Martin Johnson “Crash Ball” is one of a series of pictures born out of Rod Coyne’s  passion for rugby. This depiction captures the English rugby legend taking a direct route through the Australian defense at the World Cup in 2003. It’s a dynamic painting which treads a line between abstract and figurative full of tension and energy.

Rod Coyne’s canvas print is the perfect addition to any home or office for art collectors and rugby fans alike.
This fine art print available in three sizes. It is framed and the price includes FREE WORLD WIDE delivery.

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Martin Johnson “Crash Ball” original painting is available here.

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Martin Johnson – Crash Ball

Martin Johnson CBE (born 9 March 1970) is an English former rugby union player who represented and captained England and Leicester. He is best known for captaining England to victory in the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He is regarded as one of the greatest locks ever to have played, and one of England’s greatest ever players.

Martin Johnson takes a mud bath for Leicester.
Martin Johnson takes a mud bath for Leicester.

He toured three times with the British and Irish Lions, becoming the only man to have captained them on two separate tours. He also led his club Leicester Tigers to consecutive Heineken Cup victories, won the league five times including four consecutive victories as captain and won the Pilkington Cup twice.

Martin Johnson on the rampage for Leicester.
Martin Johnson on the rampage for Leicester.

He became the England team manager on 1 July 2008, replacing the previous manager Brian Ashton, but left the post in November 2011 following England’s quarter final defeat at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

 

Martin Johnson – Rugby World Cup 2003

Martin Johnson breaks clear of the All Blacks.
Martin Johnson breaks clear of the All Blacks.

The 2003 Grand Slam season was followed by a successful warm up tour to New Zealand and Australia. Among the highlights was England’s 15–13 win over the All Blacks, during which the 6-man England scrum (with 2 back row forwards in the sin bin), held off sustained pressure to clinch England’s first win over the All Blacks in New Zealand since 1973. During the match, Johnson famously told his comrades in the scrum to “get down and shove”. When asked about what was going through his head in the scrum he replied “my spine”.

Martin Johnson charging through against Australia.
Martin Johnson charging through against Australia.

In England’s 20–17 victory over Australia, Johnson also performed at a monumental level, leading the former Australian captain, John Eales (who retired in 2001), to commend his display as ‘among the best ever by a lock forward’. They took this into the 2003 World Cup, where they won crucial matches against South Africa, Wales and France, beating Australia in the final to win the cup with an extra time drop goal.

Martin Johnson, Crash Ball; the framed canvas print.
Martin Johnson “Crash Ball” original painting is available here.

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