Connect with us

England

Wilkinson accepts bench role but admits it is hell

Published

on

Jonny Wilkinson coming off the bench has proved a good tactic during the Six NationsJonathan Peter Wilkinson is synonymous with English Rugby and Rugby as a whole. The word ‘unique’ must be used sparingly but Jonny Wilkinson OBE qualifies for that description with a kaleidoscope of national and world records that dovetail with his triumphant injury time dropped goal that secured the 20-17 win over Australia in the 2003 RWC final in Sydney.

However those days of glory are long gone for Mr. Wilkinson. The man who has replaced the once talisman of England is his former protégé Toby Flood. Wilkinson in his usual measured attitude that has lead him to converting over 1,100 points for England in his international career, insists that he has accepted his new position in the team. However one suspects Jonny’s passion for the game of Rugby has left himself dissatisfied warming the bench, even if that is for his country! Injury has plagued Jonny throughout his career; this is a man who started his career aged 18 years and 314 days. He would have played many more tests if it hadn’t been for the intervention of 13 different injuries, including a dislocated left knee cap in October 2008 that ruled him out for eight months and a shoulder injury prompted his absence from the 2010 Investec Internationals.

However we get the sense that in this new role on the bench, Jonny is being invigorated as a result to take from any experiences he gets in real match time and is thriving on it as a result.

“It is a massive thing to get the opportunity to go on the field and do something like kicking that late penalty” (versus Wales).

However one of the major factors that Wilkinson has to come to terms with is the repercussions of his transfer to French giants Toulon. He will be allowed to travel to the World Cup later this year; fitness permitting as always with our somewhat fragile talisman Mr Wilkinson. With England introducing a new policy meaning players playing at domestic clubs are the only ones eligible to be selected for England, Wilkinson has to decide whether he will return home or end his international career on a ‘missed conversion’ so to speak.

However Wilkinson’s career has been revived with his recent move to Toulon. Also being the principled ‘machine’ like kicker we know he is, he is not likely to turn his back on this renewed form on the whim of a bench warming position for England.

“I can’t impress upon you enough what a change to my life living in France has made,” Wilkinson said. Wilkinson has been making in and out cameo performances for over seven years now. That must have a marked effect on a player who when on the top of his game is no doubt one of the best if not the best in the world.

Wilkinson’s place in the game has been ensured by a long and until recently record setting career. His aggressive tackling and metronomic kicking have led him to be seen as a scourge by all international teams.

“It would mean a huge amount to me to play in a fourth World Cup. I’m in it for the long run and I will give it all I’ve got and nothing less.”

This statement conveys however a burning desire to reach the top of his game again and reclaim the number 10 shirt for England, who knows we might see a World Cup winning drop goal in New Zealand at Eden Park on the 23rd October? Stranger things have happened…

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Latest News

Football4 months ago

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher calls on the Reds to sign Bundesliga superstars Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has urged the Reds to sign Bundesliga superstars Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner in the upcoming...

Football4 months ago

Massimiliano Allegri confirms he will be back in management in September with Manchester United heavily linked with the Italian

Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed he will be back in management in September at an event in Paris, which will put...

Arsenal4 months ago

Arsenal ace Alexandre Lacazette refutes rumours that he will leave the club in the summer

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette has given a huge hint on his future by stating that the rumours that he will...

Football4 months ago

Bayern Munich monitoring Liverpool star Roberto Firmino for a potential move in the summer

Bayern Munich have reportedly made contact with Liverpool star Roberto Firmino for a potential move in the summer. The Brazil...

Arsenal4 months ago

Gary Neville heaps praise on Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and claims he is a Premier League great

Former Manchester United defender turned pundit Gary Neville has given praise to Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and has suggested that...

Chelsea4 months ago

Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso wanted by Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan

Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso is reportedly wanted by Italian giants Juventus and Inter Milan but are not happy with the...

Chelsea4 months ago

Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech reveals boss Frank Lampard was a key reason for his move to Stamford Bridge

Chelsea signing Hakim Ziyech has revealed that boss Frank Lampard was a key reason for his move to Stamford Bridge....

Football4 months ago

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms that Marcus Rashford is out for a couple of months and could miss the Euros

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that striker Marcus Rashford is out for a couple of months and...

Arsenal5 months ago

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi’s future uncertain after bust-up with manager Mikel Arteta

Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is fighting to stay at the club after being involved in a bust-up with manager Mikel...

Arsenal5 months ago

Arsenal and Manchester United set to battle it out for £50m-rated defender Dayot Upamecano

Arsenal and Manchester United are set to battle it out in the upcoming summer transfer window for £50m-rated RB Leipzig...