NZ Rugby World Tournament Guide - - WORLD CUP REVIEW 2003 -

It’s a straight choice be­tween John­son and WILKIN­SON [left] with the lat­ter tak­ing it by a whisker. John­son was a tow­er­ing force of per­son­al­ity as well as a bril­liant ball run­ner, tack­ler and li­ne­out taker. He gave the English pack the pres­ence they craved.

But it was Wilkin­son who con­verted the dom­i­nance of the pack into points. He kicked his goals and while not pop­u­lar, was happy to drop them too and keep the score­board mov­ing all the time. He was or­gan­ised and cer­tain – not cre­ative or flashy – but they were just the qual­i­ties Eng­land needed.

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