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 »
Some players single handedly determine the fate of their rugby team and one such example is Jonny Wilkinson.
Over the years he has proved to be one of the prominent players for England’s team. In the rugby final he helped the country get victory over France with a score like 24-7. The game had been played in bad weather conditions, but even then he acted as the pivotal figure that helped the country gain maximum points. He helped the country land drop goals as well as five penalties.
As he retired from the world of international rugby, you might want to look back at his career of this man who started to play with Newcastle. Wilkinson played for the under 21 team and was part of the team that beat the likes of Wales, France and New Zealand. He was a substitute for England by the time he was eighteen in the match against Scotland that the team played in the Five Nations tournament. He helped England win against Scotland in Five Nations for the Calcutta Cup. He obtained an individual record as he scored 35 points when he played for England in the match against Italy as part of the Six Nations tournament. More »
England’s Rugby World Cup winning hero Jonny Wilkinson may have hang up his boots and retired from competitive rugby but he remains as intense as ever even today. He sat down for an interview with an English media outlet recently where he spilled the beans on everything.
He said that he has had a few previous thoughts about retirement, adding that he thought about it really hard once in October 2012 when he retired from the England national team. He mentioned that it was a painful moment for him to announce the end of his England career and he contemplated hanging up his boots for good.
According to Wilkinson, he was agonising so hard that now when he looks back, he thinks that there should not have been any agony. He added that if there is agony, then the head is trying to tell something that the heard doesn’t want.
However, by the following February, he knew it was time to give it a go again. He wanted to have another season with Toulon, which would be starting in autumn 2013 and the moment the season kicked off, he knew it was going to be his last season as a professional.
Jonny Wilkinson said that he decided to retire when he realised that he was asking too many questions of himself, when he realised that his heart was dropping out of it and his head was taking over. 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 »