Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jonny: I Still Can't Switch off and Relax

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jonny: I Still Can't Switch off and Relax

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JONNY WILKINSON said today he is struggling to cope with the fame and attention of England's Rugby World Cup triumph.

He says he hasn't even been out to a shop since returning to the UK early on Tuesday morning and is finding it very difficult to relax.

Talking about England's amazing reception at Heathrow, the Newcastle fly-half said: "I'm not particularly keen to find out how I can go through that again. I know I have to accept it and enjoy it, but I felt a lot more comfortable when I got home than when I was there.

"What's made me the happiest is going round to Mum and Dad's and relaxing, or being at home for the evening with my brother and my mates and knowing that there's nothing I'm supposed to be doing for a few hours.

"But even then it's difficult to relax completely. I'm always finding out that someone's written this or that - and that takes some of the enjoyment out of it.

"If I was David Beckham, I'd probably find it all a bit easier."

Wilkinson, in his Times column, also explains why he has no intention of watching a videotape of the World Cup Final.

"I've still not seen the game, Maybe I never will. I've got these memories in my mind and they're good enough, they're what I want to keep. I know that if I watched that tape, I would start analysing it, thinking about what I might have done differently or better. So I'm happy to draw a fairly faint line under that game; we managed to win it in what was a phenomenal occasion.

Let's keep it that way."

Lawrence Dallaglio sat out Wasps league win at Newcastle on Saturday but travelled to the North East to join Wilkinson for yet another lap of honour - this time parading the World Cup.

"There was a sell-out 10,000 crowd to show just what kind of impact the World Cup has had," said Dallaglio. …

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