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by lions71 (U12927916) 04 October 2008
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My heart bleeds for Johnny, post 2003 should have been his time and I fully expected him to move onto another level. I don't think anyone could have predicted the string of injuries he has suffered. I think he has been treated disgracefully by the press given what he has been through. Given what a great England team he played in, he was the star which gives some indication of just what a great player he is.

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posted Oct 10, 2008

Until Cips England have not had anyone good enough to fill the jersey- remember hodgson, goode? They were diabolical. Hodgson was mentally weak and goode looked like a beer monster! England must move on for now, if JW comes back next season great, but he MUST leave Newcastle. It will make him stale and rumour has it Toulon want him?

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posted Oct 10, 2008

roddersrugby - that's a total misquote. Picking an out of form player would be bad, unless that out of form player was still better than the alternatives.

My point is that in my opinion an out of form Wilkinson WAS BETTER than the alternatives. Hodgson was too flakey and Goode is a less good version of an out of form Wilkinson.

That is a sorry state for English rugby, but he was the better option. When he was being selected who was to know he would get injured again so soon? The guy's had some rotten luck.

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posted Oct 10, 2008

Long live the king,

Thanks for the memories.

You were the greatest.

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posted Oct 10, 2008

Wilkinson has/is a great advert for sportmanship and an excellent player in the international arena. However all good things must come to an end. I believe he should not be considered as the number one choice to start a game but as a number one choice on the bench. That way we could use his experience if needed (just as Wales used Jones when Hook was not making headway in a game) also his inclusion on the bench would show the new number 10 that he (the new number 10) was indeed the first choice, plus the benefit and influence of having Wilkinson around at training and match days would immeasurable.

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posted Oct 10, 2008

>>>>>You were the greatest.<<<<

No he wasn't.

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posted Oct 10, 2008

Jonny Wilkinson IS A TRUE, WORTHY, MAN OF THE rose he has always been magic and we are so proud of him.
There is not a true Rugby fan the world over that would not have heard of !JONNY WILKINSON!

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posted Oct 10, 2008

For all those saying that we never saw the best of Wilkinson... look the man had an amazing few years leading up to the 2003 World Cup and when he retires he can look back and say he acheived virtually all in the international game. He has won Grand Slams, been on a Lions tour and been in two World Cup finals winning one of them. Its hardly like he has been an under acheiver which some of these posts suggest! The only thing he did wrong on a professional front was to get to cosy in Newcastle - he should of moved to a bigger team a few years ago.

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posted Oct 10, 2008

getinthebath well said mate. Other than Newcastle he has achieved all in the game and the extras!

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posted Oct 13, 2008

he has a few more years in him, he has said his goal is the next world cup, if he wants to get there he needs to leave newcastle but the loyal muppet wont

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posted Oct 13, 2008

If he had played behind the kind of pack he had during the 2003 RWC he may not have picked up those injuries?
Perhaps behind the Gloucester or Bath pack of the last few seasons he would have been able to avoid the contact he chose to take?

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