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The rugby champion from dedicated school boy to international hero is how we describe Jonathan Peter Wilkinson. Jonny was born on 25th May, 1979 in Firmley, Surrey. He is an English rugby union player and a member of the England national team.

He has become popular in Rugby World Cup in 2003 after being noticed and praised by public. Jonny had a love of rugby since he was four years old. Phil, his father played the game for 22 years.

He was a good follower of him. England rugby selectors were impressed by Jonny when he took part in the English 18s Schools tour of Australia in 1997.
He was an integral member of the 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning England squad, scoring the winning drop goal in the last minute of extra time against Australia.

He plays his club rugby for Toulon fol lowing twelve seasons in the Guinness Premiership for Newcastle Falcons. Wilkinson has also toured twice with the British and Irish Lions, in 2001 and 2005, scoring 67 Test points in the 6 Lions test matches he has started.

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. Seeing his disastrous performance in 1998 Australian Summer Tour, the selectors were left scratching their head.

However, the Newcastle team had faith in him, and he soon worked hard to be back in his original 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 realized in August 1999.

Jonny’s popularity continues unabated, despite recurring injuries during 2004, and he was bestowed with the ‘freedom of Newcastle’, an honour shared with Alan Shearer and late Newcastle United legend, Jackie Milburn. Jonny was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Surrey for services to the sports industry on 3rd April 2009 at Guildford Cathedral.

By FW Editor

Tags: english, rugby, 1979

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 19 April '10

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