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England Rugby World Cup winner looks unrecognisable with ripped physique

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A FORMER England Rugby World Cup winner looks unrecognisable after showing off his ripped physique.

Phil Vickery loaded on 31kgs during his playing days and has now lost it all over again.

Phil Vickery helped England win the World Cup in 2003

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Phil Vickery helped England win the World Cup in 2003Credit: PA:Press Association

Vickery, 48, was part of the England team that lifted the 2003 World Cup in Australia.

He was forced to retire from rugby in 2010 after a series of neck injuries.

He has now lost all the weight that he put on during his career and has a ripped physique.

The former England captain decided to get into the “best shape” of his life to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the World Cup victory.

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He shared a picture on his Instagram when he managed to reach his target look.

He captioned the post: “So an idea over two years ago to be in the best shape of my life to celebrate 20 years on from winning the rugby World Cup.

“It’s been an interesting journey full of highs and lows but have loved the process but more importantly the people who have helped along the way @chrisbradley.uk for lighting the the flame and always being there for me.

“@propowell_2001 you are the most wonderful person not just for putting the plan together but being there consistently as a friend and mentor.

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“But to everyone at @wsf.uk for the friendship and positive energy.

“The @severnsidegym crew for the smiles and thumbs up at 5 o’clock in the morning doing cardio in the freezing cold.

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“And couldn’t forget about Mr happy @adbarnes00 🤣🤣 .. friend’s family and my awesome team @ragingbullclothing & @no3restaurants thank you 🙏🏻… @stillmovingmedia legends as always….have an idea get a plan and follow it through team.

“I’ve already got another idea and if you would like me to make a bit more of it so you can understand it please let me know and will do my best to share the next chapter.. had to play this song as it really moves me .. sorry team.”

The rugby union great has also found success become a successful businessman.

The former prop is a fashion designer – and a very good one.

The Devon native spent his 15-year career playing for Gloucester Rugby and London Wasps.

And he of course competed for the Red Rose as well as the British & Irish Lions.

Phil Vickery career

Here is a run through of Phil Vickery’s rugby career…

Club career:

Gloucester Rugby (1995-2006)

Appearances – 145

Points scored – 20

London Wasps (2006-2010)

Appearances – 54

Points scored – 5

International career:

England (1998-2010)

Appearances – 73

Points scored – 10

British & Irish Lions (2001 and 200)

Appearances – 5

Points scored – 0

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