Jonny Wilkinson made a triumphant return to Test rugby as England thrashed Scotland 42-20 at Twickenham on Saturday.
Wilkinson, who last wore the red rose in the 2003 World Cup final and was selected on the back of 40 minutes for Newcastle, looked like he’d never been away, scoring a try and kicking five penalties, two conversions and a drop goal for a 27-point haul. When he was substituted in the 73rd minute, he left to a standing ovation from the 80,000 crowd.
Former England coach Andy Robinson wrote in his weekend newspaper column that he would not have selected Wilkinson so soon. Perhaps it’s time Robinson (who lost eight out of his last nine Tests) saved himself further embarrassment by getting out of the public spotlight immediately.
Jason Robinson, meanwhile, scored two tries in his first Test since retiring from international rugby two years ago. The winger was dangerous with ball in hand, and will be a valuable member of England’s World Cup squad.
Scotland looked good early on, and took a 10-6 lead after 23 minutes when Simon Taylor scored. However, the Scots had to wait until the 76th minute to get over again when replacement Rob Dewsey grabbed a consolation try.
England – Tries: Jason Robinson (2), Jonny Wilkinson, Magnus Luund. Conversions: Jonny Wilkinson (2). Penalties: Wilkinson (5), Drop goal: Wilkinson.
Scotland – Tries: Simon Taylor, Rob Dewey. Conversions: Chris Paterson (2). Penalty: Paterson.