Arise, Sir Jonny

Former England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson is set to ­receive a knighthood in the Queen’s New Year Honours next week.

The 35-year-old had a glittering 17-year career, winning the World Cup with England in 2003, which earned him an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in the 2004 New Year Honours list, and captaining Toulon to a European Cup and French Top 14 double last season.

A well-placed source told The Mirror: 'Jonny is one of Britain’s greatest-ever sportsmen. He has always represented England with distinction. He is a hero and a shining example to millions around the world. He thoroughly deserves this.'

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Simon Borchardt