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Wilkinson: Dropping me was right

Jonny Wilkinson admits Grand Slam-chasing England have been a better side since he was dropped 12 months ago.

Wilkinson was axed for only the third time in his career after last year's 15-15 bore draw with Scotland at Murrayfield. Wilkinson concedes red rose manager Martin Johnson was right to replace him with Toby Flood when he did because England have hardly looked back since.

"It was unfair for me to play the whole of that Six Nations without Floody, the way he was going, at least finishing it off and showing what he can do. He did that and now he is where he is," said Wilkinson.

"You can want all the things in the world but there is no fun in it, no enjoyment if you don't deserve it or earn it.

"I believe hugely in fighting for what you want to achieve but there are also times when that fighting becomes almost stupid unless you take some time to listen to the signs around you.

"At that time I was starting to go in a direction I didn't want to go and one I wasn't enjoying. The signs around me were telling me I needed a break from what I was doing.

"I needed to reassess, I needed to look at things from another angle. After periods of injury it has been a case for me of just getting back in there with England.

"I appreciate the opportunity and I would never turn it down - but I was always questioning 'have I earned this?'

"The best evidence you can have (that it was the right decision) is looking at it results-wise and flow-wise.

"The relationship Floody has created and managed to put in place with the other guys - the way they work together and the way they link - wasn't quite there when I was playing."


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