Jonny Wilkinson kicked a dramatic drop goal in extra time to clinch a 20-17 victory for Sir Clive Woodward's side.
England's Jonny Wilkinson (centre right) is congratulated by team-mate Mike Catt, on scoring the winning drop goal against Australia in the Rugby World Cup Final at the Telstra Stadium, Sydney.
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Jonny Wilkinson kicks a drop goal during the 2003 World Cup final in which England defeated Australia.
Going over: Jason Robinson scores for England against Australia during the Rugby World Cup Final at the Telstra Stadium, Sydney, Australia
Scoring glory: Yorkshire-born Jason Robinson roars in triumph as he crosses the tryline to score what would be England's only, yet crucial, try of the 2003 World Cup final.
On-field general: Martin Johnson was the embodiment of the perfect captain, leading England to seven wins out of seven at the World Cup including that never-to-be-forgotten final victory over Australia 15 years ago today.
We've done it, we've done it, we've won the World Cup, says Jonny Wilkinson as he wheels away in celebration after landing his drop goal at the Telstra Stadium.
The mastermind: England's triumph in the World Cup of 2003 was orchestrated by their head coach, Sir Clive Woodward.
England's Jason Robinson (centre) heads the celebrations with team-mates Laurence Dallaglio (left centre) and Mike Tindall (right centre) after beating Australia in the Rugby World Cup Final at the Telstra Stadium.
England's Jason Robinson, right, Will Greenwood, centre, and Jonny Wilkinson celebrate after winning the final of the Rugby World Cup in Sydney on November 22, 2003.
Recognise this fella? While England were celebrating, the man who 15 years later would be their head coach, finished up on the losing side as his Australian hosts were humbled in their own back yard.