“Relentless competitor” – Retiring Sergio Parisse ranks his five toughest opponents - Page 4 of 5 - Ruck

“Relentless competitor” – Retiring Sergio Parisse ranks his five toughest opponents

#2. Jonny Wilkinson (England)

Wilkinson won 91 caps for England. He was an integral member of the England squad which won the 2003 World Cup, scoring the winning drop goal in the last minute of extra time against Australia in the final. He came back from several injuries and was part of the England team which reached the final of the 2007 World Cup. He toured twice with the British & Irish Lions, in 2001 to Australia and 2005 to New Zealand, winning 6 caps.

Parisse said: “He has something about him that made him different. It’s hard to explain.”

DID YOU KNOW? 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

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