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The myth of rugby’s Jonny Wilkinson

A rugby writer, with tongue only half in cheek, once said it was possible to gauge an Englishman's entire outlook on life by ascertaining whether he was a Stuart Barnes or a Rob Andrew fan in the years between 1985 and 1993.

Barnes, a cavalier among flyhalves who passionately embraced the running game, played only a handful of matches for the national team. Andrew, an accomplished all-rounder but with a game based increasingly on kicking, became an England institution.

Predictably, perhaps, Andrew is now a pillar of the rugby establishment in his role as England elite director of rugby.

Barnes is a consistently entertaining and perceptive television commentator and writer.

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