Jonny Wilkinson, Sporting Immortal, Retires From International Rugby

“He was world class, the best in his position, and when he dropped that goal to win the World Cup for England he became immortalised.” – Jeremy Guscott.

This sums up Jonny perfectly. And so does the below Adidas print ad, with the line – ‘There’s only one way to match him. Cloning.’

Jonny Wilkinson

What made Jonny the ultimate boytjie on the rugby field…? He had an unmatched boot, unmatched BMT, unmatched work-ethic, could kick just as good with his right foot, genius vision, and a devastating tackle.

The perfect no. 10…? Most think so, including these greats: Gavin Hastings, Francois Pienaar, Michael Lynagh, Matt Dawson, Neil Jenkins, Clive Woodward, and Joel Stransky. See what they think below:

 

Was he that good on defense..?

Jeremy Guscott: “He’s definitely the best defensive number 10 the game has ever seen.”

Mark Cueto: “He had that aura of reliability around him. He was probably one of the best – if not the best – defensive 10s in the world ever.”

Lewis Moody: “He was ferocious in the tackle, it was one of the things that made him so special at fly-half.”

What are they all talking about..? Well, watch this:

 

That’s +300 boytjioe points for performing one of the most famous tackles in rugby history.

Some of the numbers:

His total of 1,246 points is second only to Dan Carter’s 1250 in the history of the sport (Jonny would be no.1 had it not been for his 78 injuries in his career – at one stage, Jonny missed 34 of 41 tests between 2003 and 2007).

England caps: 91

British and Irish Lions caps: 6

World Cup finals: 2

World Cup wins: 1

Rugby World Cup points: 277 (50 more than anyone else)

Test victories: 67

Test tries: 7

Test conversions: 169

Test penalties: 255

Test drop goals: 36

Six Nations titles: 4 (2000, 2001, 2003, 2011)

Grand Slams: 1 (2003)

An overal +1000 boytjie points to Jonny Wilkinson; for being the best at his craft at the time, for being a true rugby legend, and a sporting immortal.

The Banter Boys

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