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Person I Admire (Jonny Wilkinson)

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8th Novemeber 2004 Person I Admire "With just three minutes remaining, the drop-goal was always going to be on. It looked set to happen from way out, but Matt Dawson caught the tense Aussie defence napping to scoot through and set up a ruck in the Australian 22. Neil Back flung the ball out to his skipper Martin Johnson who bashed it up one more time and then Dawson got back to his feet for one final pass, which saw one final swing of Wilkinson's right boot. Wilkinson had done it. England had done it. Australia so very nearly managed to do it. It was a terrific Final, a terrific World Cup as a result and a very nerve-wracking 100 minutes of Finals rugby." Jonny Peter Wilkinson, at just twenty-four years of age, has already been commended by many as one of the best fly-halves in the world, if not the best. ...read more.


Jonny had a disastrous summer in nineteen-nineteen-eight during the Australian Summer Tour, however, his home team, The Newcastle Falcons, had faith in him, and he was soon to be back on form when he played in several major games before his dream to become part of the England World Cup Squad was realised in August nineteen-nineteen-nine when he was welcomed to the team. These games had included helping England win the 6 Nations Cup in two-thousand, two-thousand-and-one and two-thousand-and-three. Other than rugby achievements, Jonny was bestowed with an OBE, received the two-thousand-and-three BBC Sports Personality and also accepted the "freedom of the city" of Newcastle which had previously been given to Alan Shearer and Jackie Milburn. Jonny looked set to conquer all his dreams after winning the World Cup, however, just one month after his glorious defeat over the Australians, Jonny was walking off the pitch at Kingston Park during the fifty-fourth minute, in his return game with the Falcons against Northampton. ...read more.


Despite being so young he has already achieved so much and yet does not seek fame. He tries to stay out of the lime-light as much he possibly can. If Jonny ever gives himself a day off the he chooses to enjoy it in the company of this family or close friends such as team mate, Richard Hill. Another admirable quality that Jonny has is even though he has missed major games this season and last he doesn't sit at home feeling sorry for himself. Instead he watches videos of his opponents and makes endless notes on how they play and what their tactics are. This may be why he has now been appointed England's captain along side fellow team mate Ian Peel. After Jonny's split from model girlfriend Diana Stewart back in November, Jonny's main focuses are now on recovering from his recent injuries, improving his fitness back to its peak, continuing his elite practising regime to improve his kicking and also to resume his position in both the Newcastle Falcons and England squads. ...read more.

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