If there’s only one reason we love Jonny Wilkinson here at BBM Towers, it’s not because he won us the World Cup in 2003, booted us to countless Six Nations victories and came across as a model professional even in the debauched debacle that was England’s last World Cup campaign.
No, if there’s a reason to love Jonny Wilkinson, it’s because Australians fucking hate him. Just the mere mention of the word ‘Wilko’ gets Aussies shitting in their vest tops. Now, sadly, the former golden boy of England has hung up his Aussie-baiting boots for a final time after announcing his retirement from international duty.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement,” he said on his website. “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 England.
“To say I have played through four World Cups, two Lions tours, 91 international games and a ridiculous number of injuries and other setbacks 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. For me now, I will continue to focus ever harder on my goal of being the very best I can be with Toulon and continue to embrace and enjoy wherever that path takes me.”
Despite getting injured every other day, Wilkinson retires as England’s all-time leading points scorer with a total of 97 caps. We salute you Jonny. BBM has never enjoyed a bloke holding his hands and waggling his arse so much.
By Peter Simpson and Richard Gadsby