If the 2003 England World Cup winning side are about to lose their mantle of ‘first and only’ – which the 1966 football team never has – Jonny Wilkinson will surrender the title without a struggle.

“If I’m going to carry that World Cup victory in my backpack, I’m going to need stronger legs than I’ve got, or I’m just going to end up experiencing a life of less and less and less,” Wilkinson says. The drop goal that was heard around the world in extra-time at the 2003 final in Sydney was Wilkinson’s signature act in a stellar career. The 16 years since that night have taught him a lot about life and rugby.

“My job now is to be an example to the guys that after rugby, no matter how great rugby seemed,…

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