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A living legend - England's Jonny Wilkinson

Record points scorer deserves legendary status

Posted Aug 27, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Jonny Wilkinson

The term legend is brandished about too often and without any substance nowadays with people not having to earn the status as much as they used to. But one man who deserves to be classed as a legend, and he is still playing, is Jonny Wilkinson.

Wilkinson, the all-time leading point scorer in Test rugby, may have suffered countless injuries over the last six or so years that have hindered his progression but he is a player who will always be feared by opponents because of the ability, and the left foot, he possesses.

He is the reason England won the 2003 World Cup in Australia. He is the reason loads of kids became involved in the sport in the early part of the last decade. He is box office.

Despite these injuries, Wilkinson is a world class performer. When we look back at the 2003 World Cup in Australia, it's easy to forget that he scored 15 points in a tense final, not just the winning kick. And that he had starred throughout scoring 113 points in total.

Until recently, if he was fit, he'd play for England such is his class. And he takes pressure off those around him as he knows that he's the one who will be targeted by the opposition yet he can deal with it unlike others.

He has scored 1,178 Test points for England and holds the record for most Test drop goals, most points in the Six Nations tournament, the most points at the Rugby World Cup (249) and is the only person to score points in two World Cup finals.

The fly-half spent 12 seasons with Newcastle Falcons in the Guinness Premiership winning the title in 1997/98 and the Powergen Cup in 2001 and 2004. He has won the World Cup, finished runner-up in the World Cup, won the Six Nations twice (2000 and 2001) and the Six Nations Grand Slam in 2003. He currently plays for Toulon in France.

Wilkinson's points tally will take some beating, and expect him to be England's highest points scorer for a long, long time. A living, playing legend.

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