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Jonny Wilkinson

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Jonny Wilkinson Biography

Jonny Peter Wilkinson was born on 25/5/79 in Surrey, and was inspired to play rugby by his father Phil, who himself played rugby from the age of 18 to 40. Jonny was always sporty, he played both tennis and cricket for the Hampshire schools he attended before being chosen by the England rugby selectors for the English 18s Schools rugby tour of Australia in 1997. Here he clocked up a massive 94 points in only 5 games, and his career in rugby began. Coached by Steve Bates at Lord Wandsworth College, Jonny joined Newcastle Falcons as a talented 18 year old and understudy to Rob Andrew. Five years on Jonny is considered a Falcons veteran and was appointed team captain for the 2002/03 season. Jonny's dedication to training is well known, even fitting in a session on Christmas Day. The hard work definitely pays off as he is one of the most accurate goal kickers in the world, which he puts down to the constant practice. Obviously there is much more to Jonny Wilkinson's game than just his kicking ability. His legendary tackle on France's giant Emile Ntamack is one of those rugby moments which gets endlessly replayed. While not the most prolific try-scorer, his chip kick try against the All Blacks in November 2002 was a classic. He is already acclaimed by many as one of the world's best fly-halves, if not the best. Jonny received an MBE in the New Years Honours List, and has surpassed mentor Rob Andrew to become England's highest points scorer. His role in the current England team, seen by many as the best in the world, is crucial. Now Jonny is a world cup winner and was voted player of the 2003 World Cup. Glamour of a Becks like nature will surely add to his status. Jonny Wilkinson, a fly-half for England Rugby Union and one of the most famous players in international professional rugby, was catapulted to stardom when his drop goal during extra time won England the World Cup in 2003. Wilkinson made his debut in 1998, joining the Newcastle Falcons (his local club) and England Rugby Union. On the field he has a reputation for accurate kicking and fierce tackling; off the field he has a reputation for practicing incessantly and avoiding publicity. After his dramatic role in the 2003 World Cup victory, Wilkinson became a national hero in England, was named the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and awarded the Order of the British Empire. He also had neck and shoulder surgery, which kept him out of action for eight to ten months. In 2004 he released an autobiography, My World, and was named captain of England's team. Jonny has had a love for rugby since the age of four. His father, Phil played the game for 22 years and both Jonny and his brother, Mark, were keen to follow in his footsteps. Jonny grew up in the Hampshire county and was educated at Pierrepont, Frensham and Lord Wandsworth College, Hampshire and he enjoyed playing cricket and tennis, as well as rugby for his schools. Jonny impressed England rugby selectors when he took part in the English 18s Schools tour of Australia in 1997 clocking up a spectacluar 94 points in only 5 games. After college, Jonny decided to sign for Newcastle on a two-year contract after turning down a place at Durham University. Rob Andrew saw his potential and allowed Jonny to play for the England first team, after only just under an hour with the senior rugby team. In his first game for England against Ireland, he broke the records, as Englands youngest player this century. He stood in for Mike Catt in Englands 79th minute of their game against Ireland despite some of the protests against the decision, a few fans believing he wouldnt be any good because they hadnt heard of him. Their fears may have been confirmed after a disastrous summer for Jonny in the 1998 Australian Summer Tour, however, the Newcastle team had faith in him and he was soon back to his good form and during the 98/99 season he donned what was to be the infamous number ten shirt. He played several other big games before his dream to become part of the England World Cup Squad was realised in August 1999 when he was welcomed into the team. The 30 man squad saw him at his finest, in his practice games against the USA and Canada he impressed on lookers and his team, converting 13 out the 16 kicks. Then for the opening match for England, Jonny scored a massive 32 points alone for England in their game against Italy, through tries, penalties and conversions, to conclude their win over Italy with an impressive 67-8 score. From then on, Clive Woodward had Jonny in the running for every match. Since then Jonny, has set his position as Englands Premier fly half as well being the hardest tackling number ten in the world. All this has not come without some serious dedication on Jonnys part. He has been conscientious and hard working, often refusing to leave the training ground (even from a young age) until he had got his kicks right. Recently Jonny has become a big name in the world of sports. In the closing minutes of the 2003 rugby world cup final, Jonny Wilkinson clinched victory for England against Australia with a nifty drop goal. Jonny has moved further up the fame ladder in 2003, winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Jonnys popularity has not ended and in 2004 he was bestowed with the freedom of Newcastle an honour which in the past has been given to Alan Shearer and late Newcastle United legend, Jackie Milburn.


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