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Jonny Wilkinson humbly accepts knighthood, doesn't get knighthood

Queen Elizabeth can be so cruel sometimes.

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JUST OVER SIX months after retiring in a blaze of glory, it seems as though Jonny Wilkinson got a little ahead of himself for the first time in his life last night.

England’s World Cup-winning out-half was widely expected to be honoured with a knighthood in Queen Elizabeth’s New Year’s honours list and even tweeted out what looked like the gist of a humble acceptance speech.


However, HRH obviously isn’t as big a fan of Top14 rugby as everyone thought because rather than arising this morning as Sir Jonny, he remains just a simple OBE after being omitted from the Queen’s list.

Queen Elizabeth II talks to Jonny Wilkinson Happier times. PA Archive / Press Association Images PA Archive / Press Association Images / Press Association Images

The European and French champion with Toulon did manage to row back on his original (now deleted) Tweet to offer congratulations to all the non-perfect people who did make it on this year’s list.

Maybe next year, JW.

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