Every rugby fan around the world and even people who aren’t rugby fans know the England legend, Jonny Wilkinson. In his day he was considered to be the world’s best rugby union player having a vital role in the 2003 World Cup England triumph. Jonny Wilkinson is a 33 year old rugby union player who was England’s best player at one point, but unfortunately retired from international duty in December 2011 despite making history for his home team in 2003.
Jonny Wilkinson mainly rose to fame between 2001 and 2003 being the second youngest player to have ever played for England at the age of 18 years and 314 days old. During the 2003 World Cup, Wilkinson led his side to the final against Australia where he used his fantastic and world famous right boot to score the winning 3 points and secure England the World Cup.
In the next Rugby World Cup in 2007, Jonny Wilkinson also took his team almost the whole way again but unfortunately lost in the final to South Africa. As well as playing for his international side, he has grabbed 6 caps for the British and Irish Lions when he toured with them in 2001 in Australia and in 2005 in New Zealand. Currently, the Englishman plays for French side Toulon after 12 long seasons in the English Premiership with the Newcastle Falcons.
In statistics, Jonny Wilkinson’s England career was phenomenal getting a total 277 points in World Cups which is 50 more than any other player and scoring 1,246 points in internationals, which is second best only to Dan Carter who scored 1,385. England won 67 of the 91 Tests Wilkinson played in. He also holds the record for most points scored for England with 1,179.
In recent times Jonny Wilkinson has been on good form for his club Toulon kicking them to victory over Saracens last month to put his team in the Heineken Cup final. His fine form caught the eye of British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland, who might have a mind to call up Wilkinson as an injury replacement, despite Wilkinson saying he wants to concentrate on playing for Toulon.
Author Daniel Foster.
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