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- We chat to Henry Slade and Jonny Wilkinson
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On this week’s RFU Podcast we hear from two World Cup winners: England Under 20 fly half Henry Slade, who pulled the strings for the age-grade side at the Junior World Championship last June; and Jonny Wilkinson, who of course led England to the ultimate prize ten years ago.
The pair came face-to-face last Saturday in the Heineken Cup when Exeter Chiefs and Toulon clashed at a packed Sandy Park.
Slade was just 10 years old when Wilkinson’s right boot secured England the Webb Ellis trophy and said that it was a memorable experience coming up against his idol.
“I wasn’t expecting to get on so soon [after Gareth Steenson left the field injured], but it was awesome,” he explained.
“Obviously we’re gutted that we didn’t get a win, but to be put in a situation like that is great for my development. And to play against Jonny Wilkinson was also pretty special.”
Wilkinson himself was full of praise for the set-up at Chiefs. He said: “We’ve been watching and analysing them and it’s fabulous to see the way they play the game. They are playing great rugby and it’s great for the English game.”
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Also on this week’s podcast:
- Walker’s on sunshine: Harlequins wing Charlie Walker reflects on his try against Racing Metro and looks ahead to the return fixture this weekend
- Chisholm charges on: England Under 20s were visited by the Brownlee brothers this week and No. 8 James Chisholm spoke about what the squad learnt them, and looked back on beating Australia Schools 23-3 last week