Rugby’s Greatest: Jonny Wilkinson

first_img Collapse His quest for perfection knew no bounds. Wilkinson was not only a deadeye two-footed kicker and exquisite passer off both hands, he was a remorseless and thumping tackler in a position that often sees reluctant and ineffectual defenders.He explained: “That ultra competitive switch in me gets flicked when a ball-carrier looks at me as if to say ‘I’m going to run straight over you’.” Major teams: Newcastle, ToulonCountry: England Test span: 1998-2011England caps: 91 (79 starts)Lions caps: 6 (6 starts)Test points: 1,246 (7T, 169C, 255P, 36DG) After a disastrous home World Cup in 2015,… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS England Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Introducing the English loosehead prop, who has made one… Unflappable: Jonny Wilkinson lines up a goal kick in Bloemfontein in 2000, one of his finest hours (Getty) Rugby’s Greatest: Jason Leonard Rugby’s Greatest: Lawrence Dallaglio TAGS: The Greatest Players center_img Rugby’s Greatest: Lawrence Dallaglio Here’s why English No 8 Lawrence Dallaglio is… Expand Rugby’s Greatest: Jonny WilkinsonIf Jonah Lomu shocked the world with his physical power, Jonny Wilkinson had no less an impact with his sheer professionalism. Nobody in history has done more to prepare himself for a game of rugby, and scores of fellow pros were driven to raise their own standards having seen the English fly-half’s obsessive training regime at close quarters.Even as a lad, Wilkinson would rise early so he could practise kicking at his local club in Hampshire, Farnham, for 90 minutes before school. The hours paid off as he was to finish his career with a clatter of records, including most World Cup points (277), most Lions Test points (67) and most Test drop-goals (36).Having a gallop: cutting past a Wellington defender during the 2005 British & Irish Lions tour (AFP/Getty)England’s youngest cap for 71 years when making his debut aged 18 in 1998, Wilkinson was initially an inside-centre before making the No 10 shirt his own by the age of 20. Among a multitude of outstanding performances, few match the one he gave off his sick bed in Bloemfontein in 2000, when he scored all the points in a 27-22 victory.That South Africa tour gave England the belief they could beat anyone, and three years later Wilkinson dropped the goal that won the World Cup in Sydney. England Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Rugby’s Greatest: Jason Leonard Expand Against Ireland in England’s 2003 Grand Slam victory, he made three tackles in 22 seconds – not that we should be surprised because he regularly won the squad’s conditioning tests. He was also struck by the footwork and agility of code-crosser Jason Robinson and sought to add that to his game.Stardom sat uneasily on Wilkinson’s shoulders and he endured a painful three years of 14 injuries and unwanted attention, his all-time worse situation being stuck on an EasyJet flight with a stag party chanting his name. He returned to win another 42 caps, playing in two more World Cups, and after moving to France led Toulon to a domestic and European double before he retired. They even played God save the Queen at the Top 14 final. “He’s maybe the only English guy loved by all the French,” said former Toulon team-mate Felipe Contepomi.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Complaint about UNICEF UK’s telephone fundraising upheld

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Complaint about UNICEF UK’s telephone fundraising upheld Four unwanted calls by UNICEF UK to a supporter who had been registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) have resulted in a complaint to the Fundraising Standards Board which has been upheld.The complainant received four unwanted calls from the charity between March and April 2011. UNICEF UK had deemed the person a ‘warm donor’ because they had purchased Christmas cards from the charity between 2000 and 2004.The complainant had asked the charity’s telephone fundraising agency to stop calling after each call. After the first two calls, a complaint was made to the Telephone Preference Service in April 2011. UNICEF UK confirmed that no future calls would be made, but two further calls were received that month.UNICEF UK apologised and undertook an internal review but the complainant then took the matter to the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB).Breaches of Fundraising Promise and Telephone Fundraising CodeIn the adjudication on 20 February 2012, the FRSB Adjudication Board determined that UNICEF UK had breached the Fundraising Promise clauses “We Are Honest and Open” and “We are Respectful” and section 3.5 of the Institute of Fundraising’s Telephone Fundraising Code. The complaint was upheld and the Board requested a report from UNICEF UK about the steps it would take to ensure that no further breach would occur. The report has been published today.UNICEF UK has undertaken a full review of its telephone fundraising activities and has introduced improvements that the FRSB has commended as “robust”.Improvements to telephone fundraisingThe improvements include:• Introducing a charity-wide definition of a ‘warm supporter’;• All data is screened against the TPS register, including ‘warm supporters’ and telephone operators acting on UNICEF UK’s behalf have been reminded of the importance of checking that the supporter is happy to continue receiving calls from the charity;• Reducing the timeframe within which callers are removed from calling lists and;• Ensuring that all suppliers also comply with industry standards.Lawrie Simanowitz, Board Member of the Fundraising Standards Board, and Partner in the charities team at Bates Wells & Braithwaite solicitors, said: “Although the Board unanimously upheld this complaint, we felt that UNICEF UK’s subsequent internal investigation and review of its telephone fundraising services, the way it works with suppliers and its treatment of TPS registration has been exemplary.”Jon Sparkes, Chief Operating Officer atUNICEF UK, added that the charity accepts the FRSB’s ruling and apologises to the complainant “unreservedly”.He said that the internal review had led “to improvements in our complaints procedure, telephone marketing scripts, and the process by which we select former and current supporters for telephone contact. We believe our telephone fundraising services are now among the most robust in our market.” Advertisement Tagged with: Fundraising Standards Board Law / policy Telephone fundraising Telephone Preference Service Howard Lake | 17 April 2012 | News  72 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more