After speaking with rugby superstar Jonny Wilkinson last year Ape to Gentleman were delighted to get the oppotunity to speak with Jonny again and catch up. One of our favourite brands Gillette has asked Jonny to interact with their fans on Monday 9th May. Facebook friends of Gillette will be allowed to post questions or messages on the Gillette Facebook Wall for Jonny to answer or personalise. Jonny will select the questions or messages of his choice and he will answer these via video which will then be posted as a reply to your message on the Gillette Facebook Wall. You can post from Monday morning, and he’ll be online from late morning to early afternoon to answer your questions.
Facebook is mainly about social interaction and your own personal ‘window’ so we thought it would be fun to find out more about Jonny off the pitch. We all know he’s a fantastic rugby player so we decided to ask him for answers to:
10 things you didn’t know about Jonny Wilkinson…
CB: Do you get nervous before a big game or relish the challenge?
JW: I do both. I get nervous because I care so much about the match and how I contribute towards the team performance. I use these nerves to inspire me to be my best. The adrenaline gives me extra focus, reactivity and the ability to make the most of the opportunity.
CB: If you had to choose another profession (not sport related) what would it be?
JW: I would like to be involved in medicine, psychotherapy, nutrition or teaching!
CB: Who’s the toughest player you’ve ever faced in world rugby?
JW: There’s been many but Jason Robinson, Tana Umaga and Brian O’Driscoll are good examples of the best in the World.
CB: The most memorable moment of your life was?
JW: I can’t identify a single individual moment but professionally speaking it would playing number 10 for Newcastle Falcons alongside my brother in the centre.
CB: Which person had the most influence on your rugby career?
JW: I have been fortunate enough to have had great mentors along my journey beginning with my Mum, Dad, and my Brother. Then such players as Rob Andrew, Inga Tuigamala, Pat Lam, Jamie Noon, Jason Robinson, Tana Umaga, Sonny Bill Williams, George Smith and my kicking coach Dave Alred. The guy who has been simply incredible through it all though is my inspirational mentor, coach and great friend Steve Black. He is a genius!
CB: You are the all-time leading points scorer in international test Rugby (1,198 points in 82 games), a monumental achievement. When you were growing up did you either dream of this happening or were you convinced (through hard work) it would?
JW: It was never important to me. Helping the team was all I ever wanted to do. Being able to score that number of points merely reflects the good fortune I have had to play in great teams with incredible players.
CB: When are you going to start playing inside centre for England thereby making us an unstoppable rugby force once again?
JW: I’ll play whenever and wherever England needs me to or wants me to. Saying that though the team is in great shape right now. Shontayne Hape has been brilliant since coming over from League and deserves to be there showing us how it’s done.
CB: One of your main sponsors Gillette is engaging with their fans on Facebook in a Jonny Wilkinson video response event, do you plan on using Facebook or Twitter to personally interact with fans?
JW: I’m actually launching a personal website very very soon – jonnywilkinson.com – with the aim of letting people see a bit more of the professional sporting life. I hope to provide plenty of insights into the Rugby world and how my life in Rugby functions on the surface and behind the scenes. Interacting with supporters is really important to me and the time, effort and detail that goes into all the information, images, special features and many videos on the site will be my way of saying thanks for all the support, people have been fantastic to me.
CB: Nickname at school?
JW: None really, having a short name with a “Y” at the end sort of looks after that for you!
CB: Finally, what is the one question you wish you had been asked?
JW: Is it really worth all the worrying?
Ape to Gentleman would like to thank Jonny for his time and thoughtful answers, a true gentleman. Don’t miss out on your chance to hear directly and personally from Jonny on Monday 9th May 2011, you can post from Monday morning, and he’ll be online from late morning to early afternoon to answer your questions! Click here to enter.