What happened to 5 stars dubbed next Jonny Wilkinson? - Ruck

What happened to 5 stars dubbed next Jonny Wilkinson?

Too often in rugby, phrases are thrown around that are ludicrous.

“That player is the next Jonny Wilkinson,” is such a phrase.

New players coming into the game have to develop their own identity and comparing one rugby player to another is rarely an accurate task.

Today we’ll take a look at some players who have been branded with the impossible—becoming the next Jonny Wilkinson.

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1. Toby Flood

To make matters worse, Flood was coached by the England star as a schoolboy. He then emerged as a hot prospect at Newcastle Falcons, taking the number 10 shirt during one of Wilkinson’s long injury lay-offs before also breaking into the England set-up. This was always going to lead to lazy comparisons. Moving to Leicester in 2008 helped him forge his own identity, however, he never really escaped Wilkinson’s sizable shadow.


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