Happy Birthday! Eight Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About Jonny Wilkinson | Ruck

Happy Birthday! Eight Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About Jonny Wilkinson

Rugby icon Jonny Wilkinson was instrumental in the England squad winning the 2003 World Cup.

The former Newcastle Falcons fly-half kicked the winning drop-goal, handing the Red and Whites a dramatic title victory over Australia.

Here are eight things you didn’t know about him.

1. Sporting family

Wilkinson’s brother, Mark, was also a Newcastle player who made 16 appearances in the Premiership for the side between 2002 and 2005, predominantly as a centre. His father, Phil, was a rugby player and cricketer, and his mother, Philippa, played squash at county level.  His grandfather, Phil, also played football for Norwich.

2. Where does he live now?

“Berkshire, with my wife, Shelley, and our toddler. We’re fortunate to live in a lovely house in a great area surrounded by nice people, but we’re leaning towards moving somewhere more rural as we both love the outdoors, nature and space. We enjoy going for long walks. Windsor Great Park is a joy.”

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