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Jonny Wilkinson will now speak French

After last night’s clash of the titans at Stade de France, Jonny Wilkinson was interviewed by France 2 in apparent staged fashion.

Responding to a general question about the way the match went; Monsieur Wilkinson heaped praise on the young French side that he’d just helped to defeat, in English. No great surprise there. But then, contrary to normal procedure (whereby an interpreter voice-over’s the response in French) Jonny was asked to provide his own translation in French, which he did – and admirably so.

Okay so his accent was terrible, and he may well have stuck to straight Michel Thomas grammar, but it was pretty much spot-on. Not easy, when you have an audience of x million foreigners listening to your every word, but then I guess he’s used to a bit of pressure under the eye of the public.

So what was this all about? A spectacular bit of PR for England rugby? JW’s desire to show off his public school education? Or, could it be that JW is planning to relocate?

It would make sense, after spending most of his career in dreary Newcastle, that Monsieur Wilkinson might seriously toy with the idea of shipping overseas to end his career (of which he has about four years left in the top flight).

I’m hoping he’ll pick Stade Francais, in Paris (the nearest premiership side to Strasbourg) so I can go and see the man in action again. I’ve seen him on the field only twice in my lifetime. Once playing for Newcastle, against Bath, in Bath; and on a field in Australia one time – when he picked up a medal.

By | 2008-02-24T15:58:43+00:00 February 24th, 2008|Strasbourg|3 Comments

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  1. Maryline February 29, 2008 at 1:36 am - Reply

    Hi,
    I heard Jonny’s interview on France 2 and was very impressed by his performance in French. In the last 3 or 4 years he has often mentioned his interest for learning French but as you said, speaking in a different language in front of so many people take some guts… but we all know the guy’s amazing! If he were to come and play in France, I would randomly suggest MTG XV (Montauban), just a few miles from where I live. I’m sure he’d appreciate a bit more sun than in Paris!

  2. Bart February 29, 2008 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Judging by the weather reports – more wind than Paris too!?

    … might affect those awkward conversion kicks from the sideline … and if he’s got the sun in his eyes …

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