"Stood the test of time" - Jonny Wilkinson’s all-time XV is spectacularly good - Ruck

“Stood the test of time” – Jonny Wilkinson’s all-time XV is spectacularly good

Now this is spectacular, Jonny Wilkinson’s all-time XV.

While playing for the Falcons he came to the attention of Sir Clive Woodward, who handed Wilkinson his England debut aged 18 against Ireland in 1998.

Having won the Six Nations in 2000, 2001 and 2003, his extra-time drop-goal won England the 2003 World Cup as they beat Australia 20-17 in Sydney.

Wilkinson struggled with injuries thereafter, but still played a key role in England reaching the 2007 World Cup final, and was a Six Nations winner again in 2011.

He also represented the British and Irish Lions in Australia in both 2001 and 2005, making six appearances but losing both series.

Regarded as one of the greatest flyhalves to grace the game, here he picks a non-English Dream Team, who would he choose?

Jonny Wilkinson’s all-time XV.


Fullback: Serge Blanco (France) – “He typified French rugby at its best with his audacity, ambition and flair. He was most famous for his scintillating counter-attacks, frequently running the ball out of seemingly impossible situations.”

Wing: Christophe Dominici (France) – “His opportunism, his flair, his game reading, his sheer explosivity to really change a game is something that sticks in my memory”

Wing: Jonah Lomu (New Zealand) – “The guy is quite a remarkable rugby legend and deserves to be so. No Rugby World cup team would be complete without him.”


Outside Centre: Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland) – “The ability to change the game in a second, a heartbeat, with his movement, with his skill, his game reading but also his leadership.”

Inside Centre: Tim Horan (Australia) – “A guy that knew how to win, knew how to play the game. His body language suggested he didn’t really know how to fail or what mistakes were, what under performance was.”


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