Jonnie Wilkinson is a tough guy. He may not be one of the hard men of professional rugby, but his physical and especially his mental strength is not to be underestimated. Wilkinson is as reliable in defence as he is with ball in hand or on the tee.
It's little wonder that Lions coach Warren Gatland wanted Wilko to travel to Australia as part of his squad this summer, but Wilkinson shocked most of the rugby world by declaring himself out of contention. The World Cup winner laid blame on his battered body after a long and brutal Top 14 season. Many were sceptical and felt Wilkinson could still have toured.
Enter stage right, Opeti Fonua. 6' 6" and 22 stone, a Tongan international, Agen number 8 and a current Scarlets transfer target.
On May 4th, as people celebrated 'Star Wars Day,' Wilkinson certainly felt the force (of a 22 stone Tongan forward). With hits like this, it's no wonder Jonnie needs a break.