Inspirational Stars Feature – Part 6


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Today’s Inspirational Sports Star goes to a man who scored the winning drop goal in the 2003 Rugby World Cup Final, in what will always be one of the most iconic moments in British sporting history. It’s of course, Johnny Wilkinson!


Aside from being a national hero for his performances (in particular) at the 2003 World Cup, Wilkinson is widely regarded as one of the best Rugby Union players of all time, where he played for Newcastle Falcons for the majority of his illustrious career and latterly Toulouse. He, of course, won domestic titles and numerous individual awards at both clubs! However, it is his England career that many will remember and idolise him for. Wilkinson was capped 91 times for England, and aside from winning the 2003 World Cup, he also was an integral part of the sides which won 4 Six Nations Championship, 1 Grand Slam and 3 Triple Crowns.


Wilkinson’s iconic status is not only down to his incredible trophy cabinet and team spirit, he also has a number of highly impressive individual stats: –


  • Wilkinson has knocked over 36 international drop goals, which makes him the most prolific drop-goal kicker in the Test game’s history.
  • Wilkinson is the only player to have scored points in two World Cup finals.
  • The most points Wilkinson ever scored in a single Test was 35. This haul came against Italy in 2001 courtesy of a try, nine conversions and a penalty.
  • Wilkinson has completed the full set of try, conversion, penalty and drop goal in three internationals.


Believe it or not, there are several more jaw-dropping stats by the England legend!!


To put it mildly, Johnny Wilkinson is an absolute sporting legend and a national hero who has provided joy and inspiration to millions of Rugby fans of all ages!


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