Manu Tuilagi smashes Tom Williams

Top14 player imposter!

JDV smashed by Benoit August

The Northampton Saints 30m scrum!

Bastareaud huge hit on Rory Lamont

All Blacks skills - Pt 2 In the backyard

Trinh-Duc sets up Harinordoquy try

Wales vs England 1999

Greg Holmes great hit on Francois Louw

Monday, October 05, 2009

Jonny Wilkinson - The Real Story - Parts 1-4

This season we’ve seen the resurrection of a legend. By getting in great shape, being injury free, and moving to France, Jonny Wilkinson has set himself up to once again reach the heights he achieved early on in his career.

While over the years there’s been no shortage of playing highlights, this 8 part documentary from earlier in Wilkinsons career provides us with a far more personal look at one of the biggest names in the sport.

The likes of Rob Andrew might claim to have been amongst the first to notice Wilkinson, but it all started way before that.

"He had good vision, good hands and all around ability," according to Jonny's first coach at Farnham RFC U8. "He was an inspiration," his coach adds upon reminiscing about Wilkinson's work ethic which was evident from a very young age.

It has not been by accident that Jonny Wilkinson's name has been forever etched into the annals of rugby history. His precision distribution on attack and, perhaps even more so, his bone rattling tackling on defence are testament to the heights one can achieve through a commitment to oneself.

Even such snapshots of his brilliance as the legendary dropkick in 2003, and indeed all his ambidextrous kicking, are all built on hours and hours of hard work.

Join us in acknowledging one of rugby's favourite sons; a dynamic character that, though he may humbly disagree, has claimed immortality for himself in the wonderful world of rugby.

The link to the next four parts is under the videos



  • Good guy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 05, 2009 3:50 pm  

  • Great player. slaughtered the french too many times to allow me to say anything else.
    Hope he likes it there in Toulon

    By Blogger Olivier, at October 05, 2009 4:26 pm  

  • Johnny for Bond

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 05, 2009 4:34 pm  

  • He is just awesome, he really is an inspiration and a role model for any rugby player out there!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 05, 2009 4:51 pm  

  • that pass in part 4 for kays try against ireland is one of the best ive ever seen

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 05, 2009 5:46 pm  

  • Johnny for Prime Minister!
    I've actaully fallen in love with the man.
    He is awesome!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 05, 2009 5:57 pm  

  • Such a good lad, very appreciated in France for his humility and his talent (and his perfect french)

    By Anonymous rodofle, at October 05, 2009 6:01 pm  

  • Sunshine and red wine do funny things to people :)

    By Blogger vinniechan, at October 05, 2009 6:07 pm  

  • ...making a comeback...

    By Anonymous yeah safe, at October 05, 2009 6:31 pm  

  • if i was a woman i would love to have his children what a legend lets just hope he stays fit for the 6 nations

    ps thats how you do it mr carter

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 05, 2009 6:41 pm  

  • What a inspiration,talent, all round class act. Seen some highlights of him playing for toulon the other week. think the change from the falcons has done him good.

    is he playing rugby regulary? hope there's still plenty more to come from mr wilkinson.

    By Anonymous Abs7, at October 05, 2009 6:47 pm  

  • i would bed him

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 05, 2009 7:20 pm  

  • ^^^i would too!
    didnt know he was such a good runner with ball in hand..havent seen that in his later years

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 05, 2009 10:47 pm  

  • I didn't watch it because its old. Morne's better anyway.

    By Anonymous Martin van Dyke, at October 06, 2009 12:28 am  

  • Morne's tackling/defence is not as good as Jonny's. We have yet to see enough of Morne on the international stage to know whether he will be as good as or better than Wilkinson.

    By Anonymous Chris G, at October 06, 2009 12:43 am  

  • Oh yeah. I remember seeing this documentary a few years ago. It threw up the perfect big match rugby tune:


    By Blogger Rocke, at October 06, 2009 1:00 am  

  • Good player.... I would say what i think of him but im a self respecting Welshman and we couldnt have that talk about an English player now could we?

    By Anonymous BigTaff, at October 06, 2009 1:19 am  

  • are you serious? morne is garbage compared to wilkinson. actually, morne is garbage in general, the only thing he can do is kick.

    By Blogger alexmclaughlin, at October 06, 2009 4:03 am  

  • alex, don't be silly. Watch any currie cup? Morne scores tries at will. Besides, it has been his first season on the international stage. He has already done more than Wilkinson has (not counting World Cup).

    Has good old Johny ever been at the helm of a team that has defeated the All Blacks three times in a row?

    lets not forget his 4 drop goals against the crusaders in the Super 14 semi.

    Remember Morne's kick, the one from 53M... the kick that sealed the series against the BIL?

    Morne' Steyn 31 All Blacks 19

    By Anonymous van Dyke, at October 06, 2009 4:46 am  

  • i think he needs to get out more

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2009 5:11 am  

  • Apples and oranges van Dyke. If they were direct competition (one-on-one like) or had similar stats to compare, then you could say one or the other. They fulfill different roles playing for teams with different styles. Jonny Wilkinson =/= England and Morne Steyn =/= South Africa.

    Anyways, we all know how great Steyn is; you just had to have been alive the past 6 months with a working set of eyes to know that (31 points against the ABs? that's insane!). But this video is about Wilkinson, and you can't deny the guy is pure talent and commitment.

    I watched all four clips before realizing, "Jesus, that was almost 40 minutes of video..." It certainly didn't seem like it.

    Thanks for the upload.

    By Anonymous Wilde, at October 06, 2009 7:39 am  

  • To the Anon idiot above

    You'd rather watch paint dry than the worlds oldest provincial competition? also the worlds best. With legends of the game like Habana, du Preez, Brussow, Burger, Botha, Matfield, Fourie playing...

    There is a reason why the Springboks are the worlds best team, its because they have the best talents in the world, and it will stay that way, so I suggest you do tune into the currie cup, as it is in fact the best provincial competition in the world. Bitter coward.

    By Anonymous Super cape, at October 06, 2009 7:54 am  

  • man jonny wilkinson needs to get a life, like will carling said you need an outlet!women beer or somthing. This video is a classic embodiment of english rugby society, posh and upperclass. imagine he didnt even know what to do in a supermarket!parents have failed. Anyway rant over. Carter and Hook are better as they can actually score tries not just kick, but then again if england played attractive rugby we might have seen more of wilkinsons attacking ability with the ball in hand. and yes i am welsh so dislike wilkinson out of principle. gogrugbynut

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2009 8:34 am  

  • I saw him on a supermarket few days ago, he knew perfectly where he was ! lol

    He made a great come back, and he is a rugby legend. And real a psycho of training... He seriously said himself he "dream to wake up and go kicking on the night" !
    His girlfriend have to be very comprehensive and patient.

    Just... If he could just make a little more passes. That would be perfect.

    By Anonymous 4LC4TR4Z, at October 06, 2009 8:58 am  

  • Is 'comprehensive' a euphemism? I can't see what use it has in that sense.

    By Anonymous Zavala, at October 06, 2009 9:11 am  

  • Zavala, I'm pretty sure he's ESL. It doesn't take much to see he meant "comprehending".

    By Anonymous WhackitySchmackityDoo, at October 06, 2009 10:55 am  

  • Uh...and by "comprehending", you jump to "understanding" (that's my guess anyways).

    By Anonymous WhackitySchmackityDoo, at October 06, 2009 11:11 am  

  • You see Johnny take it to the overrated Irish. Beautiful.

    By Anonymous English Pride, at October 06, 2009 12:19 pm  

  • Reason why Morne's better than Wilkinson? Morne's a man and doesn't get injured every two games. ;)

    By Anonymous Bleed Blue Bulla, at October 06, 2009 12:24 pm  

  • o'gara takes this soft english lass anyday of the week. did you guys see ronan win the grand slam?!

    By Anonymous dIG4mUnstER, at October 06, 2009 12:27 pm  

  • Did you see O'Gara single handedly lose the Lions tour! his 'tackling' gave a try away before he decided to give the penalty away.
    Good player in his prime though

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2009 12:55 pm  

  • Haha, smack is the best talk. Man, I hope we beat you so bad, you've had it coming some time.
    Wilko might even make an appearance.
    He'll be the one handing out notes for the bokkes that can't watch. Dont worry, there'll be pictures.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2009 1:01 pm  

  • And whoever that is banging on about O'gara, he's definitely having a laugh. He's utter sh*te. He lost us the bloody Lions tour, he single handedly gave away 10 points in about 5 minutes at the end of the deciding game. (yes yes SA were amazing and the best team always wins, but if you've got O'gara you're definitely NOT going to be the best team)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2009 1:11 pm  

  • But O'gara has nice hair.

    By Anonymous Jacky, at October 06, 2009 1:28 pm  

  • Great player and a great man. Inspirational. Without abysmal luck with injuries he would have set records that could never be beaten.

    By Blogger gusset, at October 06, 2009 1:40 pm  

  • Bad luck or a sign of weakness?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2009 1:47 pm  

  • cant believe nobody has mentioned Dan Parkes he's surely right up there with the wilkinsons,steyns,hooks,carters and ogaras please!! his running is sublime his kicking is genius his passing is exquisite and his tackling is bone crunching! oh and his hair is immaculate those long sharp sideburns actually scare opposition players. there you go argument over stop bitchin and enjoy watching scotland smash everyone in the 6 nations hopefully without parkes!!!!

    By Anonymous macroddy, at October 06, 2009 2:54 pm  

  • Couldn't agree more.

    By Anonymous marsbaronbread, at October 06, 2009 3:02 pm  

  • I met him when he came to VT to rehabilitate his knee!! It was awesome and talking to him about rugby was great!!

    By Blogger Anthony, at October 06, 2009 3:24 pm  

  • andy goode. nuff said.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2009 3:30 pm  

  • It's not necessarily that important for a fly half to be able to skip through 10 players as long as he can guide his team home (Stephen Jones is a perfect example. He's impossible to drop. I actually think Carter shows why he's the best by knowing when NOT be flashy and play the rugby that is required).
    Just that Jonny's been there, done that, taken into account he pretty much spent half of his playing years injured.

    By Blogger vinniechan, at October 06, 2009 3:32 pm  

  • Dan Parks has never played consistently for more than 2 games.
    and if anyone thinks ROG is bad, remember England used to have Hogson...

    By Blogger vinniechan, at October 06, 2009 3:34 pm  

  • A legend? whahahahaha! Come on get real there are much better 10's in world rugby than Wilko like Giteau, Carter, Steyn etc.

    By Blogger Hennie, at October 06, 2009 3:49 pm  

  • A legend of the game.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2009 4:15 pm  

  • to vinniechan eh have you ever heard of the word 'sarcasm'?? Jeez thot us rugby folks were supposed to be intelligent

    By Anonymous macroddy, at October 06, 2009 4:30 pm  

  • ROG, hardman of international rugby

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2009 5:26 pm  

  • A bit off topic, but since people are mentioning O'Gara, did anyone see his penalty in the Munster vs Leinster match? It barely went 30 metres, and he was crap all game. I wish he'd just retire.
    And Wilkinson is a far, far better player than Morne Steyn. All Steyn can do is kick penalties, and Wilko can do that just as well as him.

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at October 06, 2009 5:30 pm  

  • Sweet god, as an English man at times our forum users make me want to pull my hair out.

    The reason the Bok's fans have a go is we, England, are ranked 7th in the world. They are ranked 1st, world champions and tri-nation champions. Not to mention they have the best club (provincial) side in the world and a sevens team to die for. Rugby (at all levels) is the sport there, not a half supported one like in our hemisphere.

    So when these English "fans" (i promise you bok's they are not representative of REAL rugby fans here) rant on about how J-Wilkinson is the greatest thing to ever happen, despite the fact he is having his 1st good season in 4 years, that M-Steyn isn't an exceptional player and act with an attitude that the Bok's are somehow not as good as their fans say they are is retarded

    South Africa are the dominant force in world rugby, regardless of the past, J-Wilkinson has always been a tremendous skill but he, much like Morne made such an impact is due to the dominant pack they played behind. Deal with it.

    P.s. Great Johnny Video, I'm happy he is finally enjoying some fitness.

    An English Man

    By Anonymous Lil Chrris, at October 06, 2009 5:55 pm  

  • Hear hear to the above.

    By Anonymous Phil, at October 06, 2009 6:06 pm  

  • I am neither English, Bokk or Irish, but anyone who mentions O'Gara and Steyn in the same breath as this guy are fucking kidding themselves. to consider O'gara is actually funny, but in time Steyn could be even better, who knows yet, he is still very young.

    By Anonymous David, at October 06, 2009 7:05 pm  

  • David, you do realize O'Gara is not only Ireland's leading points scorer, but the same for Munster, the Heineken Cup, and has more points in the 6 Nations than Jonny Wilkinson himself.

    That doesn't mean O'Gara isn't a shit player at times, though...when he goofs, he goofs big time (2nd match of Lions Tour being among the most recent examples). Surely, if I were to pick between them, I'd go with Wilkinson for his defense and ability to run through lines, and the fact that he's looking pretty good for Toulon this season (minus a few hiccups in that match against Clermont).

    By Anonymous red, at October 06, 2009 8:38 pm  

  • some clever little breaks from a young johnny there. the type if which that cipriani is prasied for now, and yet johnny is just said to be a kicker.

    also its worth pointing out to red how many 6 nations matches ROG will have played over johnny due to him being injured for a ridiculous amount of time

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2009 9:22 pm  

  • Yeah, it's worht pointing out, but you say that like it's not an excuse rather than a liability. I understand Wilkinson's injuries, but that's neither here nor there. Because you could just as easily flip that around and say O'Gara is a more reliable player, insofar as he doesn't get injured as often. But that's an equally futile argument. All I'm saying is that O'Gara is a great player in his own right, despite all his fuck-ups.

    By Anonymous red, at October 06, 2009 9:51 pm  

  • *worth
    *it is an excuse

    By Anonymous red, at October 06, 2009 9:52 pm  

  • Personally he's my favourite fly half of the Northern Hemisphere in the professional era and I'm a Welshman. I think he's absolutely sublime.

    By Anonymous Luke, at October 06, 2009 11:04 pm  

  • i tink that ogara is very cool.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 06, 2009 11:43 pm  

  • reaaally hangin out for the leinster munster highlights at this stage...

    By Anonymous mise, at October 07, 2009 12:05 am  

  • No need to compare this guy to Carter or Bed Steyn or anyone else. For the world cup year, he was out on his own. Autumn internationals, England beat NZ, Aus and SA, then won the grand slam in the 6N including a magnificent victory to cap it off in Dublin, then we beat NZ and Aus on their patch in the summer, then we won the world cup without losing a game (and we actually scored a try in the world cup final, something those dutch colonialists have never managed or even tried to do). What a myth that England played boring rugby on their way to the WC2003.

    By Anonymous John F, at October 07, 2009 12:56 am  

  • JohnF, don't believe the hype. Beating the Springboks back then when they were in a "rebuilding stage" means nothing. Notice how you don't see us bragging to often about beating England at the rwc 36-0 or giving you a nice thorough working over at twickenham, your biggest ever defeat there. That's mostly because we know we're far, far better than you. We must remember that the NH teams are just a step up from the likes of Russia and Spain... hell even Portugal managed to score a try against the All Blacks in the rwc07, something all NH teams couldn't do against them in the 08 eoyt.

    We must also take into consideration that this Springbok team would maul the 03 England team by at least 30-40 points.

    By Anonymous Osus, at October 07, 2009 1:05 am  

  • Actually, Osus, we ALL see Bok fans bragging about how they beat various other sides, regardless of how strong or weak they are. Because the truth is, the Springboks won. And that's all that matters.

    "rebuilding phase"?

    Come off it. These guys are professionals. You may not have had this year's team in 2003, but that doesn't mean you can make excuses for the Springboks in any other year.

    2003 was definitely a good year for Jonny Wilkinson and English rugby, though.

    By Anonymous kennedy, at October 07, 2009 1:34 am  

  • Wilkinson is actually a really nice guy, I admire his work ethic and his will to train hours after team training is finished. He also never drank apart from after the 2007 rugby world cup final.

    While I think Morne Steyn is a good player, his attacking game is, well, where is it? As for 31 points against the All Blacks, ever heard of forwards? You know, the big guys who do all the work at the ruck to win penalties. They were the ones who demolished the All Blacks, reminds you of the 2000-2003 England team? South Africa now play 10 man rugby, boring to watch but an amazing amount of talent and work rate.

    This is all coming from a New Zealander by the way.

    By Anonymous Les Bleus, at October 07, 2009 4:41 am  

  • By the way, O'gara? You must be kidding! He can punt... that is about it. Anyone remember when he missed a kick from right in front? went below the bar (no wind).

    Johnny Sexton is amazing, already eclipsing O'gara. I hate English rugby but 2003 RWC team vs SA 2007 RWC team, England would win.

    By Anonymous Les Bleus, at October 07, 2009 4:46 am  

  • keithxv, why so uptight?

    '09 Springboks, on paper, is a far more impressive team than '03 England. If you don't believe me, go through both teams.

    By Anonymous JD, at October 07, 2009 6:37 am  

  • ROG's not in the same class unfortunately. He has racked up the points for Ireland and Munster. I'll attribute that to a couple of reasons;
    1. Staying injury free and being pretty much the only option for Ireland since Humphreys quit.
    2. Playing behind a savage Munster pack in europe who won penalty after penalty for him to pop over.

    I'm not trying to say that this is the definitive history of ROG but it's just a couple of the reasons people hold him in such high regard when he's really not as good as Wilko or Steyne. He has never tackled like Wilko and will never score tries or break like Steyne.
    From an Irish fan I would prefer if he hung up his green boots and let Sexton at it.

    By Blogger Lorcan, at October 07, 2009 9:40 am  

  • Lorcan, you bring up a point - as someone else did mentioning Sexton...which makes me want to bring up something else...but I guess I'll wait til the Munster-Leinster highlights if/when RD posts them.

    By Anonymous turrrrrsday, at October 07, 2009 10:03 am  

  • Wilko got injured all the time becasue he tackled like a nutter. He's also probably targetted in every game for a good shoeing. Quite rightly as he's a f*cking good player.

    O'gara on the other hand can somehow play a whole game of international rugby without taking the ball into contact, being tackled, rucking or any other basic form of contact. Hence he's never injured.

    By Anonymous Andy, at October 07, 2009 10:46 am  

  • At his best, no one can touch Michalak.

    By Anonymous JaQ, at October 07, 2009 12:49 pm  

  • The most striking thing about the England 03 side and the SA 09 side is how similar they are. Both sides are based on sensible, percentages rugby that takes few risks and always capitalises on the opposition's mistakes. Both sides are founded on very strong packs that rarely turn over the ball and a fly-half that can kick from anywhere. Both sides have exciting runners in the three-quarters that can change a game with a moment's brilliance.

    All this moronic squabbling misses the point - there's a reason these sides have dominated world rugby and other sides who play more risky/exciting rugby such as France and NZ have struggled when it comes to World Cups.

    Steyn and Wilko are very similar. Steyn is the better player right now, but Wilko in about 2002 was just as good. Michalak was brilliant in patches, just as Carter is brilliant but sometimes inconsistent. I would rather have the consistent player at 10 rather than the player who sometimes doesn't show up when you need him.

    By Anonymous Ted, at October 07, 2009 1:07 pm  

  • Osus! You are a real comedian!

    Incidentally, people seem to forget that Wilkinson would take penalties from as far out as the half way line near touch. No-one does that now, he was a real perfectionist and wanted to threaten from basically anywhere within the opposition half with his kicks at goals.

    If Lomu was that avant-garde in terms of size and power in rugby, then Wilkinson really led the way for the likes of Bed Steyn in terms of precision, high percentage kicking from further out than ever before. Wilko could raise his team in defence, see hits on Ntamack, Mortlock at the WC2007, Giteau as a youngster when he came on in the WC2003 final.

    We will never know how the England team of 2003 might have done against the current SA team. I don't really care though either!

    By Anonymous John F, at October 07, 2009 2:44 pm  

  • @ JaQ : sure ! No one can touch Michalak, he knows how to fall alone ! As this mot******er of Cristiano Ronaldo.

    And Michalak is not at his best for... how many years now ?

    By Anonymous 4LC4TR4Z, at October 07, 2009 4:36 pm  

  • Anonymous, I'm talking about right on the touchline from and over the halfway line. At his best, that was Jonny's range. I've never seen Morne Steyn do that, or Francois, his 55 metre kicks although impressive, are from straight on.

    As for Morne Steyn's drop goals from the half way line, big deal Jannie De Beer did that and has he gone down as a legend of the game? Probably not in the top league.

    By Anonymous John F, at October 07, 2009 5:42 pm  

  • The guys slagging each other off and boasting about their respective countries don't have much common sense either.

    Jeez, the way you guys go on you'd think it was you who'd won the games personally.

    By Anonymous Ted, at October 07, 2009 6:52 pm  

  • Johnny is one of the greats. A general on the field. I'd class him with Michael Lynach and Naas Botha, but probably better than both as he could tackle as well. One of the best flyhalfs I have seen in my life time.

    I don't think Dan Carter has BMT and neither the nous.

    To the other Saffas on here, Morne has lost of potential, but he still has some way to go. Put a sock in it. Especially you Keo.

    PS - my bet is most of the arrogant Saffas on here are English speaking.

    By Blogger Wessel, at October 07, 2009 7:43 pm  

  • OK Wilkinson is and was very good. Incredibly steady, cool headed as well as a kicking and tackling machine. However, no one seems to have mentioned that he couldn't/can't really pass off both sides with ease and accurately.

    So he's not the complete player. He makes up for all of it with how much better at one sided passing, tackling and kicking he is, and he may thus be the best fly half of the modern era, but he's not the complete player.

    Injury prone also probably works against him as regards top player status, unfortunately.

    By Anonymous mise, at October 07, 2009 10:04 pm  

  • Lions almost beat the Springboks? Bahaha, well all I can see is your media must be quite powerful! Let us go back and have a look:

    1st Test: Springboks smash the lion cubs for 60 minutes, but take their foot off the gas... however the match was already over, sorry!

    2nd Test: We played with 14 men for the first 10 (this shouldn't have happened as the incident was never proven, but then boks always get screwed by the officials) and had to play catch up... and we did. When watching, I knew that once Jaque and Morne came on and we had our full team, the lion cubs wouldn't stand a chance.

    3rd Test: Second team, warm up for trinations, didn't mean anything. Sorry UK fans!

    By Anonymous Martin van Dyke, at October 08, 2009 12:38 am  

  • 1. 09 Bokke
    2. 07 Bokke


    3. 03 England

    English were a strong unit, exceptionally strong for a team that played "10 man rugby". Current Bokke team is the total package, and that makes a big difference.

    - Dean

    By Anonymous Dean, at October 08, 2009 12:54 am  

  • I love how bitter the NH fans are. Can't compete against the Bokke. It's a massive celebration for them when they just manage to scrape a rare win against the SH teams, but almost always they will get a nice thumping.

    Lions tours are a joke, you have to try and combine your useless, soft players to actually have a chance of beating a SH team? Yet you still lose the series. How does it feel to be ranked below a "3rd world country"? Hey england, you're ranked 7... I think Fiji is like 2 places behind you... lol.

    By Anonymous Christian SA, at October 08, 2009 2:04 am  

  • How's the weather over there, pasty? You enjoy your smog and crime free city and I'll enjoy surfing in the heat. And for your information, Soccer is South Africa's national sport and only a small percentage of the population care about rugby.

    By Anonymous Corné, at October 08, 2009 3:33 am  

  • All of you guys, English and SA alike, are pathetic. This started as a discussion of a great player and has descended into childish insults from morons.

    By Anonymous Keith, at October 08, 2009 8:47 am  

  • Id just like to say fair play to johnny for coming back,true great of the game,I think the comments are out of control at the moment,how did a video about a modest bloke who keeps to himself,turn into a stupid,childish war of words,listen nobody on this form has a right to call any pro fly half usless(wilkinson,styen not even o'gara,rembember he beat SA by himself in 05)so if you have noting positive to say just shut it,rugby players and fans alike pride themselves on not being like football thugs,from a munsterfan who gives respect to the oppisition but never fears them

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 08, 2009 9:32 am  

  • And JW is an absolute legend. Plus a top bloke.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 08, 2009 10:42 am  

  • a true legend and professional.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 08, 2009 1:10 pm  

  • Rugbydump should not allow people to comment anonymously.

    Theres a bunch of really immature people on here and I'm sad to say some of fellow countrymen.

    By Blogger Wessel, at October 08, 2009 2:23 pm  

  • How about this RD, we can set up a chatroom for these idiots and they can all insult each other on there and make themselves feel better. Then the proper rugby fans (the ones who don't use the game as an excuse for a dick-measuring contest) can talk about the game they love without the children spoiling it.

    Viva rugby, wherever it is played.

    By Anonymous Ted, at October 08, 2009 2:50 pm  

  • Great player and good to see him doing well in france. Understand him being loyal to Newcastle but think he should have left before. Hope he stays injury free so we can find out what he is can do

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 08, 2009 6:13 pm  

  • Wilkinson was a great flyhalf and ENgland were always arder to beat when we played.

    If he can return to international rugby, England will benefit enormously.

    From a South African.

    By Anonymous Robert, at October 09, 2009 11:24 am  

  • One of the good guys, along with zinzan brooke and bobby skinstad!!!!!
    O Gara has great hair.

    By Blogger Alexander, at October 09, 2009 4:16 pm  

  • great player, probably one of the best fly halfs ever, no one today come in comparison with the likes of wilko, lynch, fox, botha. i really admire his attitude to work and try to apply his work ethic in my life whether it be rugby or other general stuff.
    great video though, he truly deserves a tribute.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 10, 2009 1:50 pm  

  • I Can't be bothered to look again to see who said that the difference between wilko and steyn is that wilko gets injured every two games. It is a very incomplete remark. Wilkinson puts himself into contact situations during matches that no other flyhalf or even back would do in the world...he is crazy and attacks big players in the same aggressive way that a no8 would, that no fly half would. He often comes out of a match being the person with the most tackles! He is all over Youtube with his crazy tackles. He in fact does extra than Morne Steyn which fragilizes him so he gets more injuries. BEST TACKLING FLY-HALF IN THE WORLD // MOST UNLUCKY PLAYER IN THE WORLD don't tell me it's just a coincidence.

    By Blogger Peter Bevan, at October 28, 2009 7:15 pm  

  • Argie rant... Now that Juan Martín Hernández is having *real* competition in SA rugby (and had left behind that gay pink jersey hahaha), pay attention to him: he could be the best. He has the complete package: kicking, passing, stepping, reading of the game, superb tackling... he just needed more serious competition, now he has. Let's hope he could stay away of serious injuries

    By Anonymous JoseCtesArg, at November 01, 2009 7:41 am  

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