Jonny Wilkinson, England's cover-boy flyhalf and all-time-leading scorer, the many who won a World Cup Final with a wrong-foot drop goal, will play for England no more.
Wilkinson, who is 32, logged 91 caps, starting from a low, England's disastrous Southern Hemisphere tour of 1998, to the high of winning the 2003 World Cup. He scored 1,179 points for England, and 1,246 test points, including the British & Irish Lions. He played in four World Cups, and kicked 36 drops goals in test matches, a record. (His points total was a record until Dan Carter passed it.)
And just about every goalkicker in England now emulates his distinctive kicking preparation because they think it will make them lilke Jonny.
"The time has come ... for me to realize that I have gone as far as I can go with this England team and that the time is right for others to enjoy the same honor and pride that I have felt over the past 15 seasons and beyond,'' Wilkinson said in a statement on his personal website.
He will continue playing club rugby with French team Toulon.
"Playing the game, representing the team, giving my all and never letting go has meant everything to me,'' he said. "I do, have done and always will believe that I am very capable of performing and thriving at any level of the sport.''