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Feb 10, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, United States player Folau Niua places the ball into a scrum against Canada in the Plate semi final sevens rugby match during the HSBC Sevens World Series at Sam Boyd Stadium. Canada defeated the United State 24-19 in extra time. Mandatory Credit: Josh Holmberg-USA TODAY Sports

Jonny Wilkinson: former England fly-half, World Cup winner to retire

On Monday morning, former English international rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson announced that he would be retiring from the sport. Wilkinson, who drop kicked the game-winning goal to win the 2003 World Cup for England, will be playing two final games before hanging up his cleats for good.

“I’d like to focus all my energy on the team and the final two games,” Wilkinson said, via BBC Sports.

“It goes without saying that I have an enormous number of people to thank for their support from all around the world but especially here in France and in England.

“I sincerely thank you all for everything you have given me and for making these last 17 years something I will never forget.”

The 34-year-old fly half will be playing in the Heineken Cup final against Saracens this weekend and the French Top 14 final against Castres next weekend in what will be the final two games of his career.

Wilkinson will end his career as the second all-time leading scorer in international rugby with 1,246 points. He is one of just five men to record over 1,000 points in international rugby. The only man to score more points than Wilkinson in international play is New Zealand All Blacks legend Dan Carter.

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