Wilkinson retires from test rugby

Updated: December 12, 2011

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England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson has announced his retirement from international rugby.

The 32-year-old played 91 times for England, making his debut as an 18 year old against Ireland in 1998, the drop goal that won the 2003 World Cup final his crowning moment in International rugby.

The Toulon star spent 12 year with the Newcastle Falcons and also featured in a total of six Tests for the British and Irish Lions on their 2001 and 2005 tours.

Despite Injury hampered his career, especially post the World cup success however he still finishes his England career as their all time leading goal scoring with 1,179 points, his final international score a conversion during the 19-12 defeat to France in the World cup.

A statement released by Wilkinson said “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.”

Despite a career plagued by injury, Wilkinson is England’s all-time leading scorer with 1,179 points.

Key stats:
Made debt as a sub v Ireland, April 1998
Won 91 caps
Played 6 tests for British & Irish Lions
Second youngest England international
England’s leading points scorer with 1,179 points
Top points scorer in Rugby World cup history with 277 points

Premiership winner 1998
Powergen Cup winner 2001 & 2004
Six Nations 2000, 2001 & 2011
Six Nations grand slam 2003
World cup winner 2003
World cup runner up 2007

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