16. December 2013 · Comments Off on Wilkinson finally at peace · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

It has been ten years since that famous drop goal in the dying minutes of the match turned England from perennial contenders to world champions and according to the man who scored the goal to give the country its most famous victory, he is finally at peace with the achievement, that he is aware, will continue to define his career long after he’s gone.

Jonny Wilkinson has always spoken of the demons the drop kick goal 20 seconds before the end of extra time against Australia at Sydney gave birth to. But speaking on the 10th anniversary of England lifting the Webb Ellis Trophy, Wilkinson has stated that he can now finally accept what happened that night on face value.

Speaking about that famous moment, Wilkinson stated that he was very desperate of not letting that World Cup be the defining moment of his career, maintaining that he was determined to fight for something more. Jonny Wilkinson also stated that while he is still playing professionally, that will always be the case because there is no point continuing if one doesn’t have the desire to have more success.

He went on to add that there have been several notable moments in his career since then – playing in the 2007 Rugby World Cup final, representing the British and Irish Lions as well as winning the Heineken Cup with Toulon earlier in 2013.

But Jonny Wilkinson mentioned that looking back; he knows that whatever happened on that fateful day in Australia was magical and eerie and had a mystique about it and he knows that he it was immense to be a part of that side. He admitted that when he looks back at that moment ten years from that day, he knows that was some moment and he loves being a part of it.

24. September 2013 · Comments Off on Wilkinson might postpone retirement again · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

Former England international fly half and legendary Rugby World Cup winning hero Jonny Wilkinson has given the hint that he might postpone his retirement one again and extend his playing career beyond this season as well. The former England playmaker, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players the country has produced in recent years, was expected to retire from the game at the end of last season but performed a U-turn and put pen to paper on a new one year deal with French club Toulon.

This new deal saw Wilkinson become the highest paid player on the French shores as well as among all players playing in the Top 14. He subsequently led the club to the Heineken Cup and also to the final of the Top 14 and was also named as the European Player of the Year for his stellar displays last season. Jonny Wilkinson was also being considered for the British and Irish Lions’ summer tour of Australia and Hong Kong this year but that didn’t materialize.

With the Top 14 kicking off, the newly appointed skipper of the powerhouse French club has indicated his desire to stick around for another season after this one when he was asked if this would be his last season in the south of France. He stated that he wasn’t sure the last season whether it would be his last and having won a lot of medals and awards, he is back this season, still hungry for more success.

Jonny Wilkinson added that being named the skipper of the glamour club is something that he is still coping with and he has to see how it goes in the long term scheme of things. Wilkinson’s last minute drop shot clinched England the Rugby World Cup  in 2003.

05. June 2013 · Comments Off on All About Jonny Wilkinson · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

Jonny Wilkinson, born on 25 may 1979 is an English union rugby player. He used to play for the England national team. His recent claim to fame was the nomination as the European player of the year. He helped Toulon to their victory in the 2013 Heineken Cup final by a 16-15 against Clermont Auvergne on in May and thus bringing a major victory for Toulon in 20 years.

Aged 33 he is almost at the end of his rugby career and the prolific player is still humble, to quote him, “To receive an award of this importance towards the end of my career is really special. I feel privileged to have been nominated”.

At the very beginning of his career he played for Newcastle School of Rugby as an inside centre. He had to compete with the likes of Inga Tuigamala, and British Lion Alan Tait, who were by then established players. His steady performance secured him a place in the history of rugby and several victories for England. His first world cup rugby match was against Italy where he prove his proficiency by scoring one try, converting another six and landing five penalty goals to rack up 32 individual points in the 67–7 win.

In 2000 Jonny Wilkinson played all the five matches in the Six Nations’ Championship for England.  In the 2003 world cup England met with Australia in the finals where England won 20-17 which was made possible by their previous victory in the semi-finals. In the semi-finals England won against France and defeated them by a wide 24-7 where Wilkinson scored all of England’s points. With that astonishing performance Jonny Wilkinson was voted the BBC sports personality of the year and also the 2003 IRB International Player of the Year. He was also the youngest ever rugby player to b awarded the MBE and OBE on 2004.

25. April 2013 · Comments Off on Jonny Wilkinson relishes semi final clash · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

England hero Jonny Wilkinson is relishing the chance to return to Twickenham Stoop after he guided his team, the French powerhouse Toulon to the semi finals of the Heineken Cup with another one of his accurate displays of kicking to down the Leicester Tigers in the quarter finals. The Rugby World Cup winning hero for England in 2003 scored six penalties before scoring a drop goal in the last minutes as Toulon overcame The Tigers by a 21-15 margin to set up a semi final date against another English club Saracens FC in the semis.

According to the former England international fly half, the team has learnt a lot from their match against The Tigers and those lessons will come in great use when the high profile French side takes on the high flying England giants. Jonny Wilkinson also stated that it is absolutely brilliant for him to return to Twickenham Stoop once again but mentioned that the occasion counts more in this regard.

Saracens FC and Toulon take each other on in the second semi finals of the Heineken Cup on the 27th of April, a day after the first semi final between Munster and Clermont Auvergne. The 33 year old former England man is still the second highest point scorer for the England team in test rugby, despite having retired from the international game in 2011 and he recently put pen to paper on a new deal with the team based in southern France.

Apart from the brilliant kicking game that he had, Jonny Wilkinson was also a rock in the defense for Toulon as he and his defensive partners kept the Leicester Tigers’ high flying forward line at bay, and this makes the win even more satisfying for the former England man based on his own performances.

15. March 2013 · Comments Off on Jonny Wilkinson Can still Play · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

The England rugby team seems to have got a re-incarnation of Jonny Wilkinson, Owen Farrell, as evident from the very-Wilkinson mental strength and calm headed approach shown by the latter.  But Wilkinson has a class of his own. According to his mentor, Steve Black, Jonny is still very much significant for the game but the player is still hesitant about carrying on further after the current season. However, he has said that he will do whatever Black tells him, is going to be right for the team and him too.

Steve Black has been his support system since his teenage days when he first came to play, to Jonny, Black is everything to him. Black told ESPN that he was sure about the fact that Jonny Wilkinson had not decided anything as yet about whether he would play on or not. Jonny Wilkinson had given a lot to England right since getting the team through the rugby World Cup back in 2003 but he also faced tough years when he had to fight his injuries and when he recovered fully, he switched his country and went on to live in southern France and called it quits after the 2011 World Cup.

But there has been no change in his behavior with Black and he still remains ‘driven’ (as quoted from Steve Black’s statement) as ever. He also believes that his muscles are in really good shape for him to go an extra season for his team. A very responsible team man as he has always been, Jonny Wilkinson could possibly put on the team shirt for the tour to Australia, but he would want to make a noteworthy contribution for his team in the matches as he had done previously back in 2001 in Australia and in 2005 in New Zealand. But will he really would?

13. February 2013 · Comments Off on Jonny Wilkinson set to undergo surgery · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

Jonny Wilkinson, the English fly half whose exploits in the Rugby World Cup of 2003 led to England winning their first ever world championship title which entered his name into the folklore of English rugby, is set to undergo a surgery on his groin this Saturday to remove what is being suspected as an inflammation. The former England man has been suffering from the rare problem for quite some time and finally has decided to take the necessary steps after club doctors advised him to undergo the surgery as soon as possible.

Wilkinson retired from playing international rugby for England after the Rugby World Cup 2011in New Zealand but he is still a regular in the star studded French team Toulon in the Top 14 and the Heineken Cup and his injury lay off will come as a huge blow for the French club that depends a lot on the ageing fly half. And although the surgery is not too major and Jonny Wilkinson will not be missing for too many matches, his layoff still might be a blow for his club who will be in action in the Top 14 and the Englishman is expected to sit out of at least two of their matches.

But the 33 year old will take the field for Toulon this week when they take on Mont-de-Marsan on Friday in Top 14 before the surgery.

According to reports that have emerged from sources close to the club, the resting period after the surgery for Jonny Wilkinson is one week and it will take him another seven to ten days before he gets back to full fitness, only after which, he can take to the field once again as he hopes to lead his club to glory both in the Top 14 and the Heineken Cup.