His two Grand Slam successes as a player came in the World Cup years of 1995 and 2003, the latter as captain, but he has also learned about the pain of falling at the final hurdle.
England went into the final round of matches looking for the top honour in northern hemisphere rugby in 1999, 2000 and 2001. Johnson captained the side in both 1999 against Wales at Wembley and 2001 against Ireland in Dublin.
Now he is aiming to double-up and join two former Lions players and coaches, Wales' John Dawes and fellow Englishman Clive Woodward, as well as the French trio of Jean-Claude Skrela, Jacques Fouroux and Marc Lievremont, in a very special Grand Slam 'Hall of Fame'.
GRAND SLAM PLAYER / COACHES
John Dawes (Wales) 1971(P) 1976, 78(C)
Jacques Fouroux (France) 1977(P) 1981(C)
Jean-Cladue Skrela (France) 1977(P) 1997, 98(C)
Clive Woodward (England) 1980 (P) 2003(C)
Marc Lievremont (France) 1998 (P) 2010(C)
P = Player
C = Coach