Jonny stays grounded

Jonny Wilkinson refused to get carried away after making a fairytale comeback against Scotland.

The England flyhalf claimed a 27-point haul at Twickenham on Saturday, beating Rob Andrew’s record of 24 in a Calcutta Cup match.

“It was just good to get back on the field, and feel the whole atmosphere,” said Wilkinson afterwards. “It is what I live a lot of my life for. You earn your place and I was worried after being selected. But I just wanted to do a job and help the team win.”

Wilkinson had missed England’s last 30 Test matches through a series of injuries and illness, but coped well despite playing just 45 minutes’ rugby in 12 weeks.

“I am just taking it one game at a time,” he said. “It means a huge amount to be here to be honest, and I have got a lot of people to pay back.

“Today has been quite a good day – to win and remain injury free. I have got to repay this team for having me back and making me feel so comfortable.

“The Twickenham crowd were so loud and supportive. Running out to a full stadium like that always sends tingles down your spine, especially when you haven’t heard it for a while.”