Jonny Wilkinson to join Sky Sports

England’s World Cup-winning Rugby Union star joins star-studded line-up

David Baker
by David Baker on 17th October, 2014

England’s World Cup-winning hero Jonny Wilkinson will join Sky Sports as on-air analyst, adding to an already star-studded panel of rugby union stars.

The recently retired fly-half – famed for kicking the winning points in the 2003 World Cup final – will also act as an Ambassador for Sky Sports Living for Sport, as part of Sky Academy.

He joins an unrivalled panel of experts featuring past rugby union players, including Paul Wallace, Stuart Barnes, Shane Horgan and Will Greenwood.

“Jonny is a sporting legend,” said Barney Francis, Sky Sports Managing Director. “Having been there and done it in every competition for club and country, rugby fans will want to hear his perspective.”

More than 360 live matches will be shown as part of the Sky Sports rugby union schedule for this season, featuring the very best of both international, European and domestic rugby.

Part of this will see more Irish rugby than ever before, featuring Guinness Pro12, European Rugby Challenge and Champions Cup action.

All matches from the Irish Rugby Guinness Autumn test series against South Africa, Georgia and Australia will also feature.

Wilkinson’s role on Sky Sports

Wilkinson will take to the Sky Sports studio for the first time when Munster travel to Sale and Northampton Saints visit Paris to play Racing Metro, as Sky Sports covers the start of the European Rugby Champions Cup.

He will then provide an in-depth look into what is needed to beat the world’s best when they face-off against the All Blacks on 8 November.

Later that day, Ireland host South Africa at the Aviva Stadium and Paul Wallace and former Springbok Thinus Delport will provide the Sky Sports analysis.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have some incredible experiences on the rugby pitch,” stated Wilkinson.

“I’m excited about passing on my passion and sharing what I’ve learnt over the years with Sky Sports viewers and young people in the next chapter of my career.”

An Ambassador for Sky Sports Living for Sport

Wilkinson will also become an Ambassador for Sky Sports Living for Sport, part of Sky Academy – a set of initiatives aiming to inspire young people into sport while building their skills and confidence.

It has run in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust since 2003 and is open to all Irish and UK secondary schools.

The team of Ambassadors already features 90 world-class mentors, including Olympic boxer Katie Taylor with Wilkinson set to teach youngsters all about his experiences.

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