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Friday, October 16, 2009

Jonny Wilkinson - The Real Story - Parts 5-8

About two weeks ago we brought you the first four parts of this brilliant Jonny Wilkinson documentary from 2002. Today we have the rest of it, allowing you to get to know the man a little better, as well as see him at his best on the field.

In 2009, Wilkinson is currently revelling in his new lease on life with an injury free season at Toulon. As he says in his fascinating column, things are going great at the moment.

"This is exciting. It is years since I have had any continuity in my rugby, but since my season has started here in Toulon I have finally been able to put together a run of games.”

He’s now played over ten consistently, without injury, a point that he’s quite frank about, but he also knows that it could all change at any moment.

“Since the 2003 World Cup, I think the best run I'd had was six in 2004," he said.

"Not for a minute would I tempt fate by suggesting that the injury days are behind me - I still approach every game and training session as if it might be my last - but after such a long period of shut-out, the door is now open and I am ever keener to make the most of every opportunity.

"People want to know how I rate my form, but I almost always say about six out of 10. When I get a bit farther down the road, I might get as far as six-and-a-half. Or maybe not. There is so much more that I am shooting for here; I am still nowhere near where I want to be."

It’s fascinating to watch this documentary from back then, as we see Wilkinson and his mentors talk about the future and the goals that he has. It’s possibly one of the best insights around in terms of what the actual man himself is like off the field.

We also get to see that he’s an absolute workaholic and is obsessive about everything he does, which is probably why he’s considered to be one of the greatest flyhalfs of all time.

We’ll end with a quote from the documentary, which I’m sure will be remembered when he puts on that esteemed white jersey again at the end of the year.

"He's only what, 22, 23? He's not going to reach his best till he's 31."
– Steve Black, Newcastle Falcons conditioning coach, on Jonny Wilkinson in 2002.

Read: Wilkinson's column, as listed on the Telegraph's Top 20 Rugby Union Websites list.
Download: If you'd like to download the whole documentary at once, it's available here.



  • Awesome. I've been looking forward to this, thanks!

    By Anonymous Jonnyftw, at October 17, 2009 12:24 am  

  • brilliant!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 17, 2009 12:31 am  

  • Ironic that hes like the only england player NOT injured at the moment.

    By Anonymous GrubbyFace, at October 17, 2009 2:20 am  

  • please please please please please stay fit for the 6 nations i couldnt bare another year of some half arsed fly half

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 17, 2009 8:21 am  

  • there is a god and his name is jonny

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 17, 2009 10:39 am  

  • How good was richard hill, had to be the most underestimated england back rower of all time.

    Great Vid, Enjoyed watching it all here on rugbydump.

    By Anonymous Abs7, at October 17, 2009 2:21 pm  

  • Great documentary, cheers for posting it RD. Jonny seems like an all-round top bloke.

    By Anonymous Phil, at October 17, 2009 2:33 pm  

  • He was incredible in 2002-03. He was just a points machine....snap drop goals from all over the place of either foot. Penalties from anywhere. Also seems like a genuinely decent guy and class act. Shame about the injuries.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at October 17, 2009 3:47 pm  

  • One of the greatest fly halfs to grace our great sport and i think he's got another world cup in him easily. Any England team without him seems to underachieve. Lets hope he stays fit and continues the great form he's showing at Toulon because seeing Jonny walking out for England just makes me feel all round optimistic about our chances.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 17, 2009 8:14 pm  

  • He aint no O'gara ;]

    By Anonymous Kearney for tests, at October 17, 2009 8:36 pm  

  • I hear that Richard Hill is a real jackass though.

    By Blogger Genevieve, at October 17, 2009 8:49 pm  

  • He aint no O'gara ;]

    thank god

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 17, 2009 9:47 pm  

  • O'Gara? HAHA!

    3/7 conversions in the munster game today?

    I thought all he had was his kicking?

    No attack, no defence.

    By Anonymous Les Bleus, at October 17, 2009 10:39 pm  

  • why didnt they mention anything about him being injured for aaagggeesss? hes back now playing great but he was made of glass for the lsat few years,

    By Blogger ireton, at October 17, 2009 10:55 pm  

  • Hey Kearney,

    You're right he ain't no O'Gara, he can tackle and is a threat with ball in hand.

    Ireton, he isn't made of glass, alot of his injuries were a result of over training and ver extending himself.

    As a fan of this great game, and no fan of England I can tell you, I hope to see him return to a semblance of his previous form.

    Great guy, great video, great site.

    By Anonymous Canadian Content, at October 18, 2009 12:02 am  

  • I'd say Kearneyforyests was being sarcastic btw, before a war breaks out :)

    I watched him play for Toulon against Saracens. He's looking great again. Throwing his body around on defence and getting the ball around the park.

    I truly believe he'll reach those heights again, providing he has the backing (ie: good team) to do so.

    Great stuff, cheers

    By Anonymous Shaft, at October 18, 2009 12:07 am  

  • guys, does anybody know what the piece of music is around 5.15 in on part 8? cheers

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 19, 2009 3:10 am  

  • canadian content, u dont know what your talkign about so just shut up

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 20, 2009 1:37 am  

  • does it not seem that JW may have some kind of mental disease? Not like a serious one but he is so compulsive.Dont get me wrong a seriously nice guy who you cant fault.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at October 22, 2009 6:25 pm  

  • This was great...And I have to say, as an American, it's really refreshing to encounter a top-notch athlete who isn't also a top-tier prick.

    Is he really as humble as advertised?

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