Jonny Wilkinson made his name as one of the shining lights of English rugby union and is widely regarded as one of the greatest to have ever played the sport. Playing at the position of fly-half, Wilkinson will forever be fondly remembered for his winning drop goal during England’s historic 2003 World Cup Final victory over Australia, a moment that captured the hearts of a nation.
After a sterling twelve seasons spent at English Premiership side Newcastle Falcons, Jonny transferred to French club Toulon and his spell across the channel coincided with two Heineken Cup triumphs and culminated in a Top 14 championship trophy in his final season and final game. Wilkinson compiled a hugely impressive 91 caps at international level for England, whilst also featuring during two British and Irish Lions tours and was granted the invaluable honour of being inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2016.
Refusing to rest on his laurels, upon retirement in 2014, Wilkinson successfully embarked upon a career within the world of business. With his impeccable knowledge and insight acquired throughout a storied career, he became a pundit for ITV Sport and Sky Sports, appearing on a plethora of rugby union competition broadcasts, including coverage of the Six Nations, World Cup and England internationals.
Opportunities have been endless, and Wilkinson has taken full advantage, establishing his own brand of health drinks, No.1 Living and fashion line, Fineside. A man of many talents, equally adept at each, he has published five books, detailing an abundance of experiences garnered throughout a substantial sporting career. Jonny is a passionate charity advocate and has founded his own foundation "NSPiRED," which aims to support and inspire people, specifically the younger generation, towards revealing potential and enjoying amazing life experiences.
His exemplary services to the game of rugby have been recognised by HM the Queen, appointing Wilkinson as a CBE.