Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'I Could See My Heart Pounding through My Shirt'; 'I Could seeMoment of Destiny: Jonny Wilkinson Told Today of the Few Seconds He Prepared to Take the Penalty That Secured England a Place in the Rugby World Cup Final. above Right: England Fans in Paris Celebrate after the Match

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'I Could See My Heart Pounding through My Shirt'; 'I Could seeMoment of Destiny: Jonny Wilkinson Told Today of the Few Seconds He Prepared to Take the Penalty That Secured England a Place in the Rugby World Cup Final. above Right: England Fans in Paris Celebrate after the Match

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Byline: SHEKHAR BHATIA, KATHARINE BARNEY

JONNY WILKINSON today spoke of the nerve-wracking moment he prepared totake the penalty that helped to secure England's place in the Rugby World Cupfinal.

Recalling the team's defeat of France on Saturday, the star player said:"Standing over that penalty with five minutes to go: that was nerve-wracking.You can feel and see your shirt move with your heartbeat.

"I'm proud that we have all dug in our heels and dragged that belief right outof ourselves." He added: "As much as people might think that that's your joband you don't look nervous, I tell you: it isn't like that. Yes, of course youare thinking: this could put us in the lead. Or: If I miss this, I've stuffedup bigstyle.

The suggestion that you might not think that is a joke.

"And you are hearing all the noise, at every stage, setting the ball, going tothe end of your run-up, finding your line, still you hear the noise." Wilkinsonalso told the Times about the confusion over balls, saying he had thrown awayone ball which was not officially marked.

"You may have noticed that I tossed away a ball before my penalty just afterhalf-time," he said.

"It didn't have a number on it so it wasn't one of the match balls and I wantedto kick a match ball.

"I hope not to have to talk about the ball this week, but if I have beenpractising with the match balls and I am kicking a penalty in a World Cupsemi-final, it seems sensible that a match ball is the one I kick." JubilantEnglish rugby fans now face a massive bill to watch their team defend the WorldCup in Paris on Saturday.

Ticket touts were charging up to [pounds sterling]5,500 for a seat at the match with SouthAfrica and warning that prices may go up.

The only prospect of a bargain was by making an offer to French fans who hadbought tickets for the final, thinking their team would be there. …

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