"Not personal" - Lawrence Dallaglio's brutally honest verdict on teammate Jonny Wilkinson is going viral - Ruck

“Not personal” – Lawrence Dallaglio’s brutally honest verdict on teammate Jonny Wilkinson is going viral

During an appearance on Jim Hamilton’s podcast ‘The Big Jim Show’, Lawrence Dallaglio revealed his ultimate England XV, which surprisingly did not include Jonny Wilkinson.

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Despite being a World Cup-winning fly-half for England, Jonny Wilkinson was omitted from Dallaglio’s chosen lineup.

Hamilton recognised the significance of Wilkinson’s omission stating that “This is headline news you know.”

The three-time British and Irish Lion insisted that the decision to not include Wilkinson, and instead opt for Owen Farrell was “not personal.”

“Jonny was a brilliant rugby player, won us a lot of games, he won us the World Cup final.” Dallagio said.

“If Jonny picks his all time XV, which he has… I don’t think I made the cut. But again, it’s not personal by the way, it’s not personal, I promise you it’s not personal.

“I just think that if you put Farrell in that team England win as well, so what’s the beef?”

On the other hand, Hamilton made the decision to have Farrell as the fly-half and Wilkinson as the inside centre. It is worth noting that Dallaglio’s team consisted of 11 players from the 2003 World Cup winning squad, but neither Jason Leonard nor Kyran Bracken were part of the starting lineup in the final.

Both players were included on the bench, with Leonard being the only one who ultimately entered the field during the triumphant match against Australia.



1. Ellis Genge
2. Jamie George
3. Phil Vickery
4. Martin Johnson
5. Courtney Lawes
6. Lawrence Dallaglio
7. Lewis Moody
8. Billy Vunipola
9. Harry Ellis
11. James Simpson-Daniel
10. Owen Farrell
12. Jonny Wilkinson
13. Manu Tuilagi
14. Jack Nowell
15. Jason Robinson


Front Row:

Jamie George of England during the Six Nations Match between England and Italy at Twickenham, London on 12 Feb 2023 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

Loosehead Prop: Jason Leonard

Hooker: Jamie George

Tighthead Prop: Phil Vickery


Second Row: Martin Johnson

Second Row: Maro Itoje