You would think that there is not much left to say after you have done it all. On one steamy night in Sydney in 2003, England captain Martin Johnson held aloft the William Webb Ellis trophy and silenced a crowd of some 70-odd thousand Australians after leading his nation to a dramatic 20-17 victory over the hosts in the Rugby World Cup. It was, for a generation, the defining moment of the game. Deep into extra time, English flyhalf Johnny Wilkinson steadied his nerves and slotted over the drop goal that took his nation to victory. But what is lost to many is the fact it was Johnson who was the talisman, regardless of Wilkinson's 15 points, of the marauding dominance of the English pack. The skipper stood - literally - head and shoulders above all who were gathered at the Telstra Stadium on that night, a resolute, dominating 1.98-metres, seeing the culmination of nigh-on 10 years at the top of his profession. The Leicester lock had seemingly done more than enough already. Leading his nation to a grand slam triumph in the 2002-03 Six Nations, guiding the British Lions on two separate tours of South Africa and Australia - in 1997 and 2001 - thereby becoming the first man to shoulder such responsibility, had already etched his name in stone. But the World Cup put his name up with the immortals. And since retiring from the game in January 2004, Johnson has pretty much kept to himself. There has been a book - and the resultant tour to hawk it- but not much else. This week, however, Johnson has been opening up to a selection of Hong Kong's luckier professionals on a whirlwind tour that has also allowed him a rare chance to take in the Sevens. On Friday, he stood front and centre as the guest speaker at the local chapter of the Carbine Club, helping 400 or so guests raise money for the Charity Fund - and shedding light on one glorious career. 'It was an incredible night for us all,' said Johnson. 'But one of the memories that will stay with me always is coming back to England - it must have been about five in the morning. We really didn't know what to expect - we were halfway across the world and of course got a stream of text messages and phone calls but we didn't really know what the reaction would be back home.' So we started to walk down the hall at Gatwick [airport] - and after the long flight and the celebrations some of us were a bit tired and emotional as you might like to say. But we thought there would be a few autograph hunters there and that's about it. 'But when we came near the gate, this bloke grabbed me and led me in front of everyone to see what was happening. I stuck my head through the gates and there was just this noise - when thousands of people make a noise together, you can actually feel it coming towards you. So I went back to the lads, had a quick chat, and we decided to offer up Jonny [Wilkinson] to them and sneak out the back.' The English players then had to front up for a civic reception in the heart of London - again, not really sure how many people had got behind their historic achievement. 'Again, we were not really sure what to expect,' said Johnson. 'But we came through Marble Arch and there were hundreds of thousands of people everywhere. As good as it ever gets on the pitch [playing], nothing can beat the feeling you get when you realise you have touched so many people.' On Friday, Johnson spoke at length about the importance of the Hong Kong leg of the IRB Sevens Series - both as a pivotal part of the game's annual calendar and as a part of the game's history. 'The growth of the game during my career has been amazing,' said Johnson. 'I have seen it through from the amateur age to the professional and the game is going from strength to strength. 'Sevens rugby has helped make it the game that it is. And everyone wants to play it. I was never good looking enough to play the game much. So back home we would see all the fast and good looking guys head off to Hong Kong, to Los Angeles, to Singapore, to Dubai, and they come back and we have been to, um, Hull.' And while Johnson was playing his cards pretty close to his chest as far as his views on England's chances for the next Rugby World Cup -and on their recent Six Nations failures - he did take a moment to try to clear the air over recent remarks he made about the possible return of World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward - currently earning his keep as director of football at Southampton. 'It's one of the few times I have opened my mouth and I suppose you learn from that,' said Johnson. 'The point I was trying to make is that Clive knows what he is doing. He is a smart man who knows the game and he always seem to have the answers.' Woodward who gave his then-captain the right advice in the lead-up to the World Cup when they faced New Zealand's All Blacks - down to 13 men while leading 15-13 in Wellington - Johnson was looking for all the help he could get, even if that might have come from the school of the obvious. 'As I said, Clive is a very smart man,' said Johnson. 'So as time was running out our physio comes running out on to the ground saying he has a word from Clive that will steer us in the right direction. 'So I gathered the lads up together and waited to hear what he had to say. We are standing there, waiting, and the message comes through - they are all looking at me and the physio tells me Clive's words of wisdom - 'tackle them'!' 'As good as it ever gets on the pitch, nothing can beat the feeling you get when you realise you have touched so many people'