"Two are no longer with us" - Jonny Wilkinson ranks his five toughest opponents - Ruck

“Two are no longer with us” – Jonny Wilkinson ranks his five toughest opponents

RUCK takes a look at who legendary Jonny Wilkinson has selected as the toughest opponents from his incredible rugby career.

The legendary flanker, who won a 97 caps for England and the British & Irish Lions between 1998 and 2011, went toe-to-toe with some of the greatest players to ever lace up a pair of boots during his stellar career.

Sourcing several Q&A’s from down the years, including his dream team for Sky Sports, here is his top five, including two legends who are unfortunately no longer with us:

DID YOU KNOW? Wilkinson followed Buddhist principles and teachings to help control his perfectionist tendencies, according to an interview he gave with The Times newspaper in 2009

#5. Jonah Lomu (New Zealand)

Lomu’s one of a kind and the impression he left on so many lives while playing for the All Blacks was vividly illustrated by the reaction to his death in November 2015.

WILKINSON SAID: “One of the most recognisable characters in World Rugby and a man who sparked fear in the eyes of opposition defences. The guy is quite a remarkable rugby legend and deserves to be so. No list would be complete without him.”

DID YOU KNOW? Lomu scored seven tries during the 1995 World Cup and added a further eight in 1999