ENGLAND'S Jonny Wilkinson has given an insight into the ice-cool character which allowed him to famously drop-kick his way to World Cup glory by revealing he did not make a fuss after his chauffeur-driven car ploughed into a tree.
The Newcastle Falcons fly-half, who blanked out the enormous pressure on his young shoulders to win the Webb Ellis Trophy with 20 seconds of extra-time remaining in the final in Sydney, said he was back in training hours after the 50mph smash.
Wilkinson was travelling home to Newcastle after England's victory parade through the streets of London when the car spun on ice, left the A1 in north Yorkshire and hit a tree.
But the England star escaped injury and neglected to tell anyone about the crash until the later the following day when he just mentioned it in passing to his team-mates.
"It didn't really cross my mind to mention it, because after it happened I wasn 't remotely shaken up by it," Wilkinson said.
"I got home a tiny bit later than I wanted to, but I had a decent night's sleep, so got on with my training - though I did say to someone over lunch:
'You know, the crazies t thing happened to me last night'.
"There was a bit of ice on the road, I think. I was travelling in the back. The driver did very well, because the car went one way and he managed to pull it the other as we were heading into a ditch and towards a tree, which caught the side of the car."