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    Wilkinson retires from England duty

    http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/rug...medium=twitter
    Wilkinson retires from England duty

    Rugby: England outhalf Jonny Wilkinson has retired from international rugby after making 91 appearances for his country and helping them lift the 2003 World Cup. He also made six Test appearances for the Lions.The England Rugby Football Union confirmed the 32-year-old had announced his retirement and, in a statement on his own website, he wrote: “I would like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from international rugby.“To do so fills me with great sadness, but I know I have been blessed in so many ways to have experienced what I have with the England rugby team.”Wilkinson retires in second on the all-time Test scoring lists with 1,246 points1,179 of those for Englandplacing him just behind New Zealand’s Dan Carter. His record for his country includes six tries, 162 conversions, 239 penalties and a record 36 drop goals.His statement continued: “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!“It goes without saying that I would like to wish Stuart Lancaster, his coaches and the England squad every bit of success available to them. I would also very much like to extend those wishes to Martin Johnson, Brian Smith, Mike Ford, John Wells, Graham Rowntree and the rest of the England 2011 World Cup management team who have been fantastic and deserve people to know that.“For me now, I will continue to focus ever harder on my goal of being the very best I can be with Toulon Rugby Club and continue to embrace and enjoy wherever that path takes me.”Lancaster, who was appointed last week as England’s interim head coach for the Six Nations Championship that starts in February, paid a glowing tribute to Wilkinson.“Jonny has had a fantastic international career which has spanned four World Cups and 91 caps, and ranks as one of England’s greatest ever players,” Lancaster said.

    #2
    fabulous player and a gent. best of luck to him. Some of the younger clowns on the english team should take note
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      #3
      Huge news for Toulon.

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        #4
        A shame that he left it too late. RWC 2011 was a tournament too far for him.
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          #5
          Classy statement from a classy guy. Best of luck to him
          http://www.jonnywilkinson.com/news/m...nd-retirement/


          My England Retirement
          By Jonny Wilkinson 12th Dec 2011
          I would like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from International rugby.
          To do so fills me with great sadness but I know that I have been blessed in so many ways to have experienced what I have with the England rugby team.
          I never ever believed that I would be able to give up on this dream which has driven me to live, breathe, love and embrace the game of rugby from the earliest days that I can remember.
          I certainly have no intention of letting this decision change the way that I approach my training and preparation for games. In fact early indication shows me that I'm actually getting more intense about it. Playing the game, representing the team, giving my all and never letting go has meant everything to me. I do, have done and always will believe that I am very capable of performing and thriving at any level of the sport.
          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.I have far too many people to thank for what I have been able to achieve but as always, it starts with my Mum and Dad, my brother Mark, my girlfriend Shelley, Steve Black, Tim Buttimore and Dave Alred as well as the rest of my family and friends. I can never give enough credit to all my team mates from over the years and my physios, surgeons, doctors and coaches too who have unconditionally helped me through all kinds of thick and thin. Finally I would like to show my enormous appreciation and gratitude to all the true followers of the game who have given me way, way more time and support than it has ever been reasonable for one person to ask for. You will never truly understand the effect you have all had on me and my career.
          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!
          It goes without saying that I would like to wish Stuart Lancaster, his coaches and the England Squad every bit of success available to them. I would also very much like to extend those wishes to Martin Johnson, Brian Smith, Mike Ford, John Wells, Graham Rowntree and the rest of the England 2011 World cup management team who have been fantastic and deserve people to know that.
          For me now, I will continue to focus ever harder on my goal of being the very best I can be with Toulon Rugby Club and continue to embrace and enjoy wherever that path takes me.
          Thank you once again,
          Jonny Wilkinson
          Socialise your Nazism

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            #6
            Best of luck to him. As mentioned before a gent.
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              #7
              Best of luck to him, and hopefully it prolongs his career in Toulon.
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                #8
                Best of luck to him, never let a kid go home without an autograph. Unquestioned commitment as well.

                That said, he's probably making the decision before it is made for him. I don't think he would have formed part of England's plans.

                Still, best of luck to him in his club rugby, and in whatever he does afterwards

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                  #9
                  He was one of the few real men in a national team of ignorant buffoons. He deserved far better treatment from his national setup after all he did for them. A gentleman on and off the field. Hope he goes from strength to strength for the Toulon lads. They love him down there.
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                    #10
                    Not a bad player in his day, best of luck
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                      #11
                      Classy statement. Classy player.
                      Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue,
                      Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!

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                        #12
                        I love him
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                          #13
                          Model pro and an out-and-out gent off the pitch, best of luck to him
                          Marty in the Morning

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                            #14
                            Nice tribute which reminded me of some great moments (try v Scotladn, Tackle against Italy), don't mind the mushy music:

                            "Newmarket hit Clonlara hard in the first ten minutes but doing so to a team like Clonlara is like hitting a bear. Better off to play away and not to antagonise the beast."

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                              #15
                              The player Dan Carter wishes he could be ;)
                              Fair play, fantastic player, at the height of his powers, 2000-2003 he was pretty untouchable

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