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Jonny Wilkinson will forever be immortalised in the history books as the man who kicked England to victory in the Rugby World Cup 2003 final, slotting an extra-time drop goal that broke Australia’s hearts. The drop goal was an important part of the fly-half’s repertoire but this one was unusual for the fact it came off his right foot not his favoured left. 

Relentless in his drive for perfection, Wilkinson established himself as the world’s leading fly-half in a 13-year international career that saw him win 91 caps for England and six for the Lions, scoring an incredible 1,246 points. He retired from international rugby after his fourth Rugby World Cup in 2011, and his tally of 277 tournament points appears to be a record that will stand the test of time.

The IRB Player of the Year 2003 was a long-time servant of Newcastle but finished his club career as a European Cup winner with Toulon.

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    I never ever believed that I would be able to give up on this dream which has driven me to live, breathe, love and embrace the game of rugby from the earliest days that I can remember.

    -Jonny Wilkinson