"I never him dropped once" - Clive Woodward ranks his five best England players - Page 4 of 5 - Ruck

“I never him dropped once” – Clive Woodward ranks his five best England players

#2. Jonny Wilkinson

  • Born May 25, 1979, Frimley
  • Major teams British and Irish Lions, Newcastle Falcons, Toulon, England
  • Position Fly-half

Wilkinson scored 1,246 during his 97 caps for England and the Lions. His finest hour, of course, came in 2003, when he slotted the drop goal that won the World Cup.

The fact he landed it with his weaker right foot speaks volumes for his hours and hours of diligent practice. Bowed out on a high, earning two more trophies with Toulon.

WOODWARD SAID: “Jonny was special and he scared the opposition. Everyone has to pat him on the back. The way he defended and attacked, he was a very special player. All of us involved in that team [in 2003] just felt very lucky and privileged to have had him around at that time.”

DID YOU KNOW? He gained a place at the University of Durham, but gave his place up in 1997 to become a professional rugby union player 


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