Jonny Wilkinson:England’s most broken rugby player


In each and every sport,injuries are inevitable and rugby is no exception.

For former England and Newcastle Falcons flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson,Injuries were part and parcel of his 17 year career.

Wilkinson sustained a total of 13 injuries in different parts of the body from 2003 to 2007.

Wilkinson Kicking for Newcastle Falcons photo courtesy

Wilkinson was an integral member of the 2003 Rugby World Cup winning England squad,scoring the winning drop goal in the last minute of extra time against Australia in the 2003 Rugby World cup final.

Here are some of the injuries which sidelined Wilkinson,making him England’s most broken man.

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Wilkinson’s 13 injuries between December 2003 and September 2007 photo courtesy

Because of a succession of injuries – affecting his knee ligaments, arm, shoulder and kidney,Wilkinson’s international career was severely disrupted. He did not appear again for England until 1,169 days after the 2003 Rugby World Cup triumph, for the opening game of the 2007 Six Nations Championship against Scotland on 3 February 2007.

In 2009 it was confirmed that Wilkinson was leaving the Newcastle Falcons after 12 years to join French side Toulin in the too 14 championship.

Wilkinson taking a penalty for Toulon photo courtesy

In May 2014, Wilkinson announced that he would retire from all rugby at the end of the season.On 24 May 2014, he led Toulon to a decisive 23–6 win against Saracens in the 2014 Heineken Cup Final.

He scored 13 points in the game.One week later on 31 May 2014, he led Toulon once again to another win in a final, this time the Top 14 Final against Castres in which Toulon won 18–10. Wilkinson kicked 15 points in what was his final match of his career.

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