England Rugby Manager Stands Up For Wilkinson

England supervisor Martin Johnson has rounded on Jonny Wilkinson’s critics, accusing the fly-half’s detractors of obtaining “their individual agenda”.

Wilkinson’s situation at stand-off came below scrutiny adhering to England’s lacklustre 17-twelve 6 Nations victory absent to perennial wooden spoon contenders Italy on Sunday.

Goalkicking, which even Wilkinson’s fiercest critics agree is the strongest element of his gaming, let the outside the house-50 percent down with the No ten, who performs for French club Toulon, astonishingly missing a few of his area kicks at the posts.

Former scrum-half Matt Dawson, who played alongside Wilkinson in the England staff that won the 2003 Planet Cup, was scathing, telling Wednesday’s Everyday Mail: “What is lacking in his repertoire is an capacity to go through the game, understand where England are taking part in and wherever they should be taking part in.”

Johnson, England’s 2003 Globe Cup winning captain, insisted no participant was immune from being dropped but said the team as a whole had to get the blame for a deeply uninspiring screen in Rome.

“I don’t concur with the criticism,” Johnson mentioned on Wednesday.

“Jonny missed a handful of kicks and out of the blue absolutely everyone is calling for his head, which I come across rather disappointing and surprising.

“No-one is undroppable, no-1 at any time has been. But is it Jonny’s fault we did not transform our line breaks? No, it is a crew factor.

“It has turn into the vogue to have a pop at Jonny. It is not often correct or truthful and I believe some folks are utilizing it for their own agenda but that is the world we reside in.”


The 30-yr-outdated Wilkinson, Examination rugby’s document factors scorer, has only 2 times been axed by England, for Paul Grayson at the 1999 Planet Cup and for the now out-of-favour Danny Cipriani during the 2008 6 Nations.

But Johnson’s selection to release back again-up fly-fifty percent Toby Flood, the only unused substitution towards Italy, for club duty with Leicester this weekend, does not suggest England are considering a transform at fly-fifty percent.

Wilkinson, capped seventy five instances by England, has arguably the best defence of any fly-50 percent to have played global rugby and Johnson said gamers had to be appeared at in the spherical.

“You have people who are not in the group who are potentially better at some places of the sport than guys that are in the team. You have to weigh up that all round impact,” Johnson added.

“I think Toby has been actively playing nicely. We are lucky to have two globe-class people at ten.”

England, for all they talked about actively playing an attacking game versus Italy, identified themselves repeatedly drawn into dead-stop kicking exchanges.

“This match highlighted again that he (Wilkinson) is not comfortable with the accountability of getting the team’s playmaker,” Dawson wrote.

“He can perform in the way that has been planned on a flip chart in team meetings but if it comes down to him to perform out on the hoof what choices to just take, a lot more typically than not he will kick and skip options to assault.

“Jonny needs gamers close to him, men like Mike Catt, Will Greenwood, myself or Kyran Bracken, to consider choices, then he will execute them brilliantly.”

Wilkinson has manufactured obvious how considerably he values getting an experienced participant close to him to immediate operations and when Johnson was England captain constantly deflected any praise that arrived his way in direction of the likes of Greenwood and Catt.

Now Johnson has advised scrum-half Danny Care and inside centre Riki Flutey to assist shoulder the creative load.

“We are not playing in isolation out there and that is some thing we will stress,” said Johnson. “Danny Treatment is improving all the time in that situation and Riki was again for his initial gaming at this degree in six or 7 months.

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