World Cup winning Coach Sir Clive Woodward is backing English star Owen Farrell to emulate the achievements of Jonny Wilkinson – former England fly-half – or even surpass them and lead the country to glory.
In 1998, Woodward had given Wilkinson his England debut. Wilkinson went on to participate in the World Cup final against Australia where he kicked the winning drop goal for England in 2003.
Under Eddie Jones, Farrell, 25, has been a key player in England’s 16 game winning run where he featured at the inside-centre. This thus allows George Ford to play at fly-half.
Farrell who plays at club level for Saracens as a fly-half won his 50th cap on Sunday against Italy. He is already being compared with 91-time capped Wilkinson by Woodward. More »
Ever since after Jonny Wilkinson, there has been no other player capable of meeting that World Class status at England, Eddie Jones, England’s coach believes. However, he hopes that this could change very soon.
Jones believes that a number of players in his current squad may soon reach that heralded status.
England who had been on an 11 game winning streak since the takeover of Jones as coach, faced Argentine, defeating their opponents at the Twickenham last Saturday, and thus extending their winning streak to 13 games.
Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola and George Ford, who had all started in the game against Pumas had played some sensational game and were pushing hard to be included in a global XV.
Jones, while speaking before the game against the Pumas had said,
“If you look at the record of English rugby since 2003, there’s only been one world-class player produced and that’s Jonny Wilkinson,”
He also added that a number of his players were on the move towards the world class area. More »
For those who have been fans of Jonny Wilkinson would probably remember the good days when he played on the field.
Many feel that he would surely make a great comeback as a coach or to be part of the coaching team of England. Eddie Jones might be able to make use of his talents and experience. However, club level playing is something that Jonny Wilkinson needs to build upon. It would certainly help him substantiate his talents and experience if he wishes to get on the coaching team of England.
The matter was being discussed as the Six Nations campaign was coming up on February 6th. Wilkinson was being talked about assisting the country’s squad. The forthcoming championship stressed the need to have someone as capable as Jonny to aid Eddie. It is also not to be missed that the final years that Wilkinson spent at Toulon he was a player coach for the team. There was an encounter between Wilkinson and Eddie at Waitrose which might be called as a chance encounter or not so much by others who think that the meeting was planned. More »
Eddie Jones, the head coach of the England national rugby, wants England World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson to be a part of his coaching squad after he met him in the supermarket. However, Jonny is yet to receive that invitation.
Wilkinson won ninety-one caps for the national team. He is England’s leading points scorer and is one of only five men to score one-thousand points in international rugby union, with his total of 1246 second only to Dan Carter of New Zealand. In the 2003 World Cup final, Wilkinson’s late drop-goal managed to secure a win over England. More »
New Sky Academy Ambassador & rugby great Jonny Wilkinson recently participated in rugby skills program that was meant to inspire little students in exploring their rugby skills. The skill session was an initiative by Sky Academy and was hosted at Guildford County School.
It was Jonny’s maiden visit to the skill session as the new Sky Academy Ambassador where he met more than thirty eager students who were greatly benefited from participating in the Sky Sports Living for Sport. He was accompanied by mentors from Sky Sports Living for Sport Athlete, Rugby World Cup hero Maggie Alphonsi & GB Brown, captain of GB National Wheelchair Rugby squad. Brown held a practical session named “Six Keys to Success” that was themed around life skills & athletes identified them as helping aide in successful sports stories.
The Guildford County School students had this great opportunity to listen to Jonny as the rugby great went on to share his own personal experiences regarding life skills collected through sport & how those have assisted him both off & on the pitch. More »
It is a very normal sight that Billy Vunipola will be barreling over the boundary as many despair filled hands fly in the air because of the try he made and missed a few minutes ago. One look at the clock at that moment can be worrying for a casual spectator as it read 74:05 and that meant that the game had reached its final few minutes. Billy was still swinging by as he started to respond to his loss of position in the English team last autumn.
He said that it’s really great to play in full 80 as it is one thing that he enjoys doing. When he went away with England, it was turned into some huge issue which was honestly outside his hands. Although the game was very tough, he is happy to beat the 80.
The pain after the match was clearly written across his face and his body language when he was coming back from the line. He had his hands on his head and his face was all scrunched up just the same way his instinct was. He later confessed that he lost out because he had fallen into his comfort zone and had started taking everything very granted.
He says that he has a lot to work on to keep up and not become over-confident. He decided to think that not everything will be coming his way just the way they had been for the past one year. He somewhat ignored what little extra they did after training. He recently avoided the extra ten minutes as he thought it would be fine. He accepted that he has taken a huge lesson from this and will never repeat the same again.