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Name: Jonathan Peter Wilkinson                                                     
Born: 25 May 1979 Frimley, Surrey, England, United Kingdom                         
Jonathan Peter Wilkinson OBE (born 25 May 1979 in Frimley, Surrey) is an English   
rugby union player and member of the England national team. From 2001-2003,       
before and during the 2003 Rugby World Cup, Wilkinson rose to fame for being one   
of the world’s best rugby players. He was an integral member of the 2003         
Rugby World Cup winning England squad, scoring the winning drop goal in the last   
minute of extra time against Australia. He plays his club rugby in the Guinness   
Premiership for Newcastle Falcons. Wilkinson has also toured twice with the       
British and Irish Lions, in 2001 and 2005, scoring 44 Test points in the 5 Lions   
test matches he has started.                                                       
Due to a litany of injuries — variously, of the knee ligaments, arm, shoulder   
and kidney — he did not appear again for England after the World Cup until 1,169 
days later in their opening game of the 2007 Six Nations Championship against     
Scotland on 3 February 2007. In his comeback England match, Wilkinson scored       
27 points in the game (a record in the Calcutta Cup) and was awarded Man of the   
Match. The following week against Italy, he became the highest point-scorer       
in the history of the Five/Six Nations Championship. On 6 October 2007, he also   
became the highest point-scorer in the history of the World Cup, kicking four     
penalties to overtake Scotland's Gavin Hastings in a quarter final against         
Australia. In the 2008 Six Nations in the match against Italy he became the       
first English player (and second overall) to score 1000 test points. He is also   
the world record drop goal scorer in international rugby with a total of 29.