Rugby union has been graced with some legendary fly-halves over the years.
Jonny Wilkinson is England’s all-time top point scorer with 1,179, and is best known for kicking England to Rugby World Cup glory with his weaker foot in 2003
However, all rugby fans know that simply boasting the highest point tally isn’t the be all and end all when it comes to deciding the greatest number 10 of the bunch.
If you’re bemoaning the absence of one of your favourite fly-half already, then we’re sorry in advance, but Wilkinson spoke about his five only briefly.
“This is the key position for any winning team,” said Wilkinson.
“You need guys that are going to lead and continue to do so right to the final seconds when it gets very, very tough” said Wilkinson
“The group boasts four Rugby World Cup winners, and between them the five have amassed 553 points.
“Each individual played their part in their countries’ successes and all possessed the qualities to take the pivotal spot in the team.”
Jonny Wilkinson: Top 5 fly-halves
#5. Johnny Sexton (Ireland)
Wilkinson said: “He’s become established in global terms as being a star and a commanding presence. I think he’s still one of the best in the world and I was really surprised he missed out on the Lions this year.
The fly-half captains both Leinster and Ireland. He also previously represented the British & Irish Lions in both 2013 and 2017 and has scored over 900 points in his international career, making him one of the highest points-scorers in rugby union history. Sexton was the winner of World Rugby Player of the Year in 2018, having previously been a nominee for the award in 2014.