Wilkinson retires from International rugby

Jonny Wilkinson holding rugby ball

Jonny Wilkinson retires from International rugby Photo: England Rugby Facebook

English legend Jonny Wilkinson has announced his retirement from International rugby today.

In a statement issued on his website www.jonnywilkinson.com, Wilkinson thanked his supporters and explained the reasons behind his decision.

‘The time has come, however, for me to realise that I have gone as far as I can go with this England team and that the time is right for others to enjoy the same honour and pride that I have felt over the past 15 seasons and beyond,’ Wilkinson said.

‘To say I have played through four World Cups, two Lions tours, 91 international games and a ridiculous number of injuries and other set backs gives me an incredibly special feeling of fulfilment. But by now I know myself well enough to know that I will never truly be satisfied!’

For me, Wilkinson will always be remembered as an extraordinary player who kicked ‘that’ kick in the 2003 Rugby World Cup to defeat Australia in the final. I loved to hate him, but only because he was so talented!

How will you remember Wilkinson’s International career?

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