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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »