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Sir Ian McGeechan Questions Farrell’s England Legacy, Explains Why Wilkinson Was Better


Jonny Wilkinson: Revered for his precision and commitment, Jonny Wilkinson is a rugby legend. Born May 25, 1979, in Frimley, England, he became an icon for England and the British and Irish Lions. Known for his flawless kicking and game management, Wilkinson’s drop goal secured England’s 2003 World Cup victory, etching his name in rugby history.

Matt Dawson: A dynamic and creative scrum-half, Matt Dawson brought flair to the rugby pitch. Born October 31, 1972, in Birkenhead, England, he earned 77 caps for England and represented the Lions. Dawson’s quick thinking and accurate passing made him a key playmaker, contributing to England’s triumphs, including the 2003 World Cup win.

McGeechan wrote: “You would have to put Jonny ahead of Owen Farrell because, while they were similar players, I think Jonny really broke the mould. “

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Jason Leonard: A formidable presence in the front row, Jason Leonard is a rugby giant. Born August 14, 1968, in Barking, England, he holds the record for most caps for England. Leonard’s scrummaging prowess and work ethic made him a cornerstone of England’s pack, contributing to their successes, including the 2003 World Cup triumph.

Brian Moore: A combative and vocal hooker, Brian Moore was a linchpin in England’s forward pack. Born January 11, 1962, in Birmingham, England, he earned 64 caps for England and represented the Lions. Renowned for his tenacity and leadership, Moore’s presence inspired his teammates on the field.

Fran Cotton: A towering figure in rugby history, Fran Cotton was a stalwart in the front row. Born September 19, 1947, in Middlesex, England, he earned 31 caps for England and Lions honors. Cotton’s scrummaging technique and physicality set the standard for prop forwards, earning him respect across the rugby world.

McGeechan on Leonard: “Ultimate team-mate. Ultimate Lion. Rock solid at the scrum (on either side) and just a brilliant character. Jason is the sort of player any good team needs, as much what he brings off the field as on it.”

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