Nothing is ever forgotten with the internet the way it is. Fans have now unearthed when New England boss Steve Borthwick appeared naked in an advertisement for sports drink company Powerade.
Back in 2009, Paul Sackey, Shane Williams and Borthwick appeared in different rugby poses with the then England captain pictured as if he is about to enter a tackle.
His England team-mate Sackey is shown diving for the try-line while IRB World Player of the Year and Wales winger Williams is shown passing the ball.
Borthwick said he has had to put up with plenty of dressing room jokes since the photo shoot but was happy with how the images turned out.
“It is one of the most daring shoots I’ve been involved in but it has been loads of fun, even if it has given my team-mates plenty of ammunition for changing room banter,” he said.
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8 things you might not know about Steve Borthwick
Born in Carlisle, Cumbria, Borthwick was captain of the Hutton Grammar School rugby team in Lancashire, with whom he went on a tour to Australia.
#2. Playing career
He began his rugby career at Preston Grasshoppers before joining Bath in 1998 and went on to make more than 240 appearances in a decade there.
In 2008, after 10 seasons at Bath, he joined Saracens and made more than 140 appearances there in six seasons, winning a Premiership title in 2011.
No forward has made more Premiership appearances than his haul of 265.