Beauden Barrett Johnny Wilkinson urges England to seize moment in Rugby World Cup final

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The memories are becoming increasingly hazy for Jonny Wilkinson, yet some still jump out.

The day of the Rugby World Cup final in 2003 seemed very long, he recollects. He also recalls the internal battles he had about staying in the moment, and not imagining himself achieving his dream of becoming a world champion with England.

Then, after kicking the winning dropped goal that would change his life, Wilkinson remembers walking around with the Webb Ellis Cup in his hands and “thinking everything is great” – but wishing he could go back into the intense moments of that dramatic game against Australia and do it all over again.

It was a massive team effort from England to win the Rugby World Cup for the first and only time 16 years ago, but Wilkinson will go down as the hero of that nig

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Who will be England’s biggest star in the World Cup final against South Africa on Saturday, when the class of 2019 attempt to eclipse the class of 2003?

Beauden Barrett Jonny Wilkinson, commentating on this Rugby World Cup with Sir Clive Woodward and Lawrence Dallaglio.

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Jonny Wilkinson, commentating on this Rugby World Cup with Sir Clive Woodward and Lawrence Dallaglio.

Will there even be a hero?

“You are so close to arriving, and you want to arrive,” Wilkinson says, in the kind of classic psychoanalysis he has become known for, “but the last thing you ever want to do in life is arrive. I think these guys are on their way somewhere and hopefully right up to the final whistle they are on their way somewhere.”

Many would feel Eddie Jones’ England squad truly arrived on Saturday, when the All Blacks were d

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