Jonny Wilkinson named the TENTH best player of the professional era - Ruck

Jonny Wilkinson named the TENTH best player of the professional era

Back in 2018, Wales Online stirred controversy with their ranking of the top 50 players of the professional era, notably excluding England legends Martin Johnson, Jason Robinson, and Lawrence Dallaglio from the top 10.

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10. Jonny Wilkinson (ENG):

Wilkinson, an iconic English fly-half, is best known for his drop goal that clinched the 2003 Rugby World Cup for England. Renowned for his precise kicking, defensive prowess, and leadership, Wilkinson’s career was marked by his dedication and numerous records in international rugby.

They wrote: “In some ways, you could argue Wilkinson has been the epitome of the professional era. He has set new standards in terms of dedication and an almost obsessive pursuit of perfection.

“He’s also been one of the great match winners of the era and one of the game’s greatest ever accumulators of points.”

9. John Eales (AUS): 

John Eales, known as “Nobody” because “Nobody’s perfect,” captained Australia to World Cup victories in 1991 and 1999. A lock with remarkable skill and composure, Eales was a proficient goal-kicker, earning his place as one of rugby’s all-time greats.

They wrote: “It’s hard to believe now, but he scored 173 points in international rugby. An agile, athletic second row lineout ace, he was also a top-class place-kicker, who landed 65 Test shots at goal. A real ambassador for the game and a great player.”

8. Shane Williams (WAL): 

Shane Williams, a diminutive yet dynamic winger, became Wales’ all-time top try scorer. Known for his electrifying pace, agility, and elusive running, Williams was twice named IRB Player of the Year and left an indelible mark on international rugby.

They wrote: “Named world player of the year in 2008, he ended up with 60 Test tries, leaving him fourth on the all-time list behind behind Daisuke Ohata, David Campese and Bryan Habana. He was The Great Entertainer.”