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Jonny Wilkinson visits England training before Rugby World Cup final – video

England captain Owen Farrell got some goal-kicking tips from Rugby World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson on Friday, a day ahead of the final against South Africa.Wilkinson scored the drop goal that won England their first ever World Cup in 2003 in the last …

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Jonny Wilkinson drops in on England training before World Cup final

• Former fly-half seen running kicking drills with team• Wilkinson kicked winning drop-goal in 2003 finalJonny Wilkinson joined the England camp to deliver a drop-goal clinic on the eve of their World Cup final against South Africa. Wilkinson’s unforg…

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World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson launches mental health campaign

Former fly-half to share his own struggles with anxietyWilkinson: ‘I hope I can help people reach out and seek support’Jonny Wilkinson has launched a new mental health campaign together with the health insurer Vitality.The move comes amid rising concer…

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Jonny Wilkinson: ‘It took a few years for the pressure to really build. And then it exploded’ | Andy Bull

Jonny Wilkinson, England’s World Cup winning fly-half, speaks about his battle with mental illness and why no amount of trophies can ease the pain of depressionIt is October 1999, and a 20-year-old Jonny Wilkinson is sitting on the edge of a bed in Cli…

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Jonny Wilkinson warns Lions to keep things simple or risk chaos of 2005

• Wilkinson says Lions can prosper in New Zealand if they heed errors of past
• Tour led by Clive Woodward ended in whitewash and derision

Jonny Wilkinson has labelled the disastrous 2005 British & Irish Lions tour under Clive Woodward as “chaos like I’d never seen before” and warned the class of 2017 to expect a similar thrashing by New Zealand if they make the same mistakes.

Wilkinson and co were hammered 3-0 in the Test series 12 years ago on a widely criticised tour that called into question the future of the Lions. Woodward picked a bloated 44-man squad containing a number of England’s World Cup winners who were past their best and a 26-man support staff, including Tony Blair’s former spin doctor Alastair Campbell.

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Eddie Jones puts faith in Owen Farrell to follow in Jonny Wilkinson’s footsteps

The England coach has backed Farrell to match the win ratio of the 2003 World Cup winning fly-half during the next stage of his international career

Owen Farrell will win his 50th cap against Italy on Sunday. He may not be England’s captain but he is their most valuable player, and not just because of his goal-kicking as his try-scoring pass to Elliot Daly four minutes from the end of the match against Wales in Cardiff in the last round of the Six Nations, vision allied with precision, demonstrated.

A player who in his early years appeared wooden and drew comparisons with Jonny Wilkinson for his attention to detail, meticulous preparation and comfort in structure rather than broken play, has bloomed under Eddie Jones into a man for all seasons, a match-winner with the ball in his hand as well as on the tee.

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Eddie Jones’s new Jonny Wilkinsons: five emerging England players to watch

After winning the grand slam, England’s head coach said he needed to find five players in the mould of Jonny Wilkinson to take England to the next level. Here are five who could fit the bill

In the aftermath of Saturday’s grand slam win Eddie Jones said he needed to find five players in the mould of Jonny Wilkinson to take England to the next level. Here are five who could fit the bill

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Dai Young says George Smith can help England but Wasps must not be stung

• Wallabies legend is linked with Twickenham role
• Flanker worked with Eddie Jones at Brumbies

Dai Young, the Wasps director of rugby, has said he would be open to any approach from England for the services of George Smith, their revered openside flanker, as long as his involvement with the national side did not impinge on his day job at the club.

“We are here to support England and, if we can help, we will,” said Young, after Wasps’ heroics in defeat at Toulon. “If it means George could be of assistance, rather than an assistant, and it doesn’t affect what we are doing, then I’ve got no problem with it. But we are talking about something I know nothing about because it has not been mentioned to us.”

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Eddie Jones wants World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson to kickstart England

• Head coach in talks with 2003 final winner about kicking coaching role
• ‘He is retired, but still wants to be a good kicker’, says Jones

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Eddie Jones wants the man who broke his heart in the 2003 World Cup final to help him turn England into the dominant force in world rugby. Jones, who took over as England’s head coach last month, has spoken to Jonny Wilkinson, whose extra-time drop goal in Sydney 13 years ago took England to victory against Jones’s Australia, about a kicking coaching role with the country for which he won 91 caps.

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Jonny Wilkinson, James Anderson and Frank Lampard on Queen’s Birthday Honours List

• Engkland bowler and former Chelse midfielder awarded OBEs
• 2003 Rugby World Cup hero is named a CBE after being snubbed last year

England seamer James Anderson and former Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard have both spoken of their pride after being awarded OBEs in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Among other sportsmen honoured 2003 Rugby World Cup-winner Jonny Wilkinson has been made a CBE while Wales great Gareth Edwards received a knighthood for his services to the sport and charity.

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Jonny Wilkinson says England’s World Cup hopes rest on self-discipline

England’s 2003 hero is sitting out his first World Cup for 20 years but remains something of a moral guardian as the squad prepare for this year’s edition

There are still 100 days to go until the Rugby World Cup starts but Jonny Wilkinson is already having withdrawal symptoms. For the first time since 1995 the global tournament will be going ahead without him and he is starting to appreciate just what he is missing. Back at Twickenham as a tournament ambassador on Wednesday he even used the word “torture” to describe his current emotions as the 2015 edition looms.

As Wilkinson was swift to stress, however, the mental state of England’s current squad is a more pressing priority. The 2003 World Cup-winning fly-half was among those who witnessed things unravel at first hand in New Zealand four years ago and has also watched from afar in recent weeks as Manu Tuilagi and Dylan Hartley have removed themselves from contention.

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Toulon’s Champions Cup inspiration is Jonny Wilkinson, says Bernard Laporte

• ‘There is a great motivation to do it for Jonny,’ says Laporte
Ali Williams: Toulon must be smart to defeat Clermont at Twickenham
Dean Ryan: European Champions Cup final deserved a more fitting stage

Jonny Wilkinson can still inspire Toulon to rewrite the European history books on Saturday almost a year on from retirement, according to the head coach, Bernard Laporte.

Laporte is hoping the Cote d’Azur side can enter the history books by claiming an unprecedented third consecutive European title at Twickenham and the former France coach admitted Toulon will bid to uphold Wilkinson’s legacy in the Champions Cup final against Clermont Auvergne.

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After 20 years of European rugby union, who would make the best XV?

From the days of Wasps and Leicester dominance, to the triumphs of Munster and Leinster, which players make the cut as the ultimate Euro XV?
• European Champions Cup preview: Clermont Auvergne v Toulon
• French dominance will not continue, says Clermont’s James

Time-travelling is always a temptation at this time of year. This week sees the 20th showpiece final in European club rugby’s eventful history and, inevitably, there will be those pining for the good old days when Munster, Leinster, Wasps, Leicester or Toulouse were the continent’s undisputed kings. Even if Toulon become the first side to win three successive titles, not everyone will hail them as the best of all time.

So, as a Twickenham aperitif, let’s try and broaden that argument by choosing the best XV to have graced the tournament in the past 20 seasons. The criteria are simple: an individual must have made a significant tournament impact and featured in at least one European Cup final. Already that excludes some fine Test Lions – Jason Robinson, Stephen Jones, Jamie Roberts, Alun Wyn Jones – but rules is rules.

Related: Brock James: French teams will not continue to dominate European Cup

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Leigh Halfpenny and Bryan Habana earn Toulon extra-time win over Leinster

• Toulon 25-20 Leinster (aet)
• Wales full-back lands 20 points to set up final against Clermont Auvergne

Some games are so bad they become almost comical. This was one of them, as farcical a spectacle as the previous day’s semi-final in St Etienne was uplifting. There was even the dubious bonus of extra-time before Toulon finally kept alive their dream of becoming the first side to win three successive European titles, courtesy of the boot of the dead-eyed Welsh marksman Leigh Halfpenny and an interception try from Bryan Habana.

Those who only tuned in for the final 20-minute denouement had by far the best of it, the defending champions finally displaying a flicker of the class and resourcefulness that has won them the previous two tournaments. They were down to 14 men with Ali Williams in the sin-bin when the predatory Habana, right at the end of the first period of extra-time, snaffled a long pass from Ian Madigan around the halfway line in trademark fashion and raced away to score.

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Jonny Wilkinson plays down talk of England kicking consultant role

• ‘I’d love to do that but I’m not involved in any way. I coach with Toulon’
• ‘It’s unfortunately something that’s been misreported, I think’
Jevans leaves England’s Rugby World Cup plans in great shape

England’s record-breaking former fly-half Jonny Wilkinson wants to work with the national team in a coaching capacity but stressed he was not about to link up with the side.

The 35-year-old had been reported to be on the verge of taking a kicking consultancy role with England as they build towards the World Cup on home soil. However Wilkinson, who scored 1,179 points for in 91 appearances, said he remained committed to his coaching role at Toulon.

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Jonny Wilkinson: ‘I was desperate to grow as a person’

The World Cup-winning fly half on spiritual cleansing, his obsession with Arnie, and England’s chances in 2015

Nice beard! Is it a sign that you’ve relaxed a bit since retiring from rugby last year?
Yeah… in my playing career, shaving was part of my routine. Get yourself sharp and ready and that’s how you’d be on the field. Almost: “This is me, and this is my way of getting ready to go out there and be my best.” But towards the end of my time playing in France for Toulon – maybe it’s something to do with the French way – I relaxed a little bit and this has been a continuation. But it’s very, very patchy on both sides and it’s not going to get any better than it is now. No matter how much I puff my cheeks out, it won’t grow.

You were famous for the intensity of your preparation and particularly your methodical approach to goal-kicking. Did it feel good to relax in France?
What’s amazing over there is that you played your rugby in the morning, but then you’d go from that to feeling – as a Brit – like you were on holiday. You can go to the beach, the sun is shining in the winter… You go even harder at the rugby, but you rest harder too.

You are just staring at this big wall of pressure, thinking, ‘How the hell do I get over that?’

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What professional athletes think about while they recover from serious injuries

An athlete’s life is defined by action, so being injured and having to go through the gradual steps that lead to rehabilitation and recovery can be maddening
• By James Willstrop for the Guardian Sport Network

The default mode for any athlete involves movement, exercise and practice: action. Getting up and training the body is just what they do, it defines them and it can become the routine that gets them through the day. Training fulfils the basic function of furnishing the athlete’s day in a working sense, but the physical sensation it provides is as necessary to the full-time athlete as food and water. If they are unable to express that persuasion, it can become a deeper problem – however enticing sofas and box-sets may seem.

Perhaps we can all relate to that feeling at the end of a holiday. Laden by rest, over-indulgence and lack of routine, we are compelled to get back on the horse. The pleasure is only satisfying when juxtaposed against the displeasure.

Related: James Willstrop: from career-threatening injury to Commonwealth Games glory

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Rugby union in 2014: 10 memorable moments

Robert Kitson on the best, worst and most controversial moments in rugby union this year
• Tennis in 2014: 10 memorable moments

As the estimable Katy McLean made clear during the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year awards, England’s victory in the women’s Rugby World Cup was a ground-breaking achievement. For a start England had been beaten in the previous three finals and had decided, to quote McLean, that “we couldn’t allow that to happen again”. The standard of rugby in the entire competition was also a significant step up and England’s 21-9 win over Canada in the final in Paris led to 20 players being awarded professional contracts by the Rugby Football Union. Interest will continue to rise with women’s sevens featuring in the 2016 Rio Olympics. It is hard to argue with McLean’s view that 2014 has been “a massive turning point for women’s sport”.

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Stuart Lancaster: no room for flash; Jonny Wilkinson is England role model

Lancaster stops making allowances for erratic performers Brad Barritt and Kyle Eastmond may start against New Zealand Semesa Rokoduguni and George Kruis selected Continue reading…

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Rugby unions 2013-14 end-of-season awards: our winners and losers

Northampton and Toulon had a season to remember, while Benji Marshall had one to forget. Here, the highs and lows of 2013-14 Continue reading…