Skysports.com gives the career milestones of the former England captain, whose retirement was announced on Thursday.
1976: Born March 14 in Barnstaple. Begins rugby career with Bude and later plays for Redruth.
1995: Joins Gloucester.
1998: February 21 - Makes England debut in Five Nations match against Wales after just 34 appearances at club level.
1999: Recovers from neck injury to play for England in the World Cup.
2001: Plays all three Tests for the British and Irish Lions against Australia.
2002: Captains a below-strength England to Test victory over Argentina in Buenos Aires.
2003: February - Misses England's Grand Slam campaign after suffering a disc injury.
October - Plays in every World Cup match and starts the final as England beat Australia 20-17.
2005: Misses the British and Irish Lions' tour to New Zealand with a broken arm.
2006: Requires a third back operation. Leaves Gloucester after 11 years and signs three-year deal with Wasps.
2007: January 2 - Appointed England captain by new head coach Brian Ashton for the Six Nations
May - Wins the Heineken Cup with Wasps.
October - Captains England to the World Cup final, where they are eventually beaten by South Africa.
2008: Wins the Guinness Premiership title with Wasps.
2009: Selected for the British and Irish Lions' tour of South Africa. Starts the first Test defeat and the third Test victory.
October - Requires neck surgery after a scrum collapses in a game against Racing Metro.
2010: October 28 - Announces his retirement after suffering another neck injury.