With the news that this is likely to be Jonny Wilkinson’s last season before he hangs up his boots, per Jack De Menezes of The Independent, it’s the perfect time to look back at some of his best performances.
Wilkinson made his England debut as a teenager in Dublin in 1998, and he finally left the international scene some 13 years later after the 2011 World Cup.
Along the way, he won domestic leagues and cups with Newcastle, tasted European success with Toulon and claimed Grand Slams and a World Cup with England, at one point becoming the world’s leading points scorer.
The 2003 IRB player of the year did it all in the face of an eye-watering list of injuries, relying not on the greatest skill or natural talent but on a relentless work ethic that made him one of the world’s best No. 10s.
The Indian summer to his career in Toulon even brought him to the brink of a third Lions tour last year, only for Wilkinson to decide his time on the international stage was over despite the offer of a place on the plane from Warren Gatland.
When he takes off his trusty boots for the last time this year, the rugby world will rise as one to salute a unique figure in the game.
Let’s have a look at his 10 best displays.