Jonny Wilkinson ending International Rugby Career
In 2003, England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson was touted the man of the moment when he dropped the extra-time goal that propelled the winning of the World Cup for England.
He has announced his retirement from international rugby after winning for England 91 caps in four World Cups and an aggregate of 1,246 International points behind New Zealand’s Dan Carter.
Wilkinson, 32 said the time has come for him to move as he has gone as far as he can with the game which he loved,breathe and embraced from his days of young so as for others to enjoy the pride,honour and fame he enjoyed.
His first representation for England was at the age of 18 in 1998 establishing a reputation as a meticulously organised player with an insatiable work ethic and the ability to punish mercilessly any opposing team who infringed in their own half with his unerring left boot.
A fearlessly committed tackler who had willingness to play a full part in an increasingly physical professional game undoubtedly contributed to the stream of injuries which disrupted his career after 2003.
He was part of England’s “Tour of Hell” in 1998 during which they were thrashed by Australia and New Zealand.
He played in the 1999 World Cup but was left out of the side beaten by South Africa in the quarter-finals.
In 2000,he was the undisputed number one during the Six Nations championship which England won.
In 2003 pre-world cup tour, he scored all England’s 15 points in a rare win over New Zealand and played a prominent part in an impressive victory over Australia a week later.
Wilkinson suffered 13 separate serious injuries including a dislocated knee cap in October, 2008, which ruled him out for eight months.
Presently playing for Toulon,Wilkinson promised to continue in his goal of commiting everything into his game and training.