From the age of 7 this superstar became obsessed with Rugby, and it is this obsession with the game that has been his triumphs and his downfall at times. It is his self belief or lack of at times that his crippled and raised his game to stratospheric levels. I have been lucky to see Jonny play on several occasions and what shone for me was his team work, his drive and the fact that he has the best thighs in rugby!. I've seen him drop goals in sub zero temperatures and kick his team to victory on the hallowed turf of Twickenham. Jonny is the perfect sportsman, world class at his level but incredibly humble with it.
Here's some images from my trip to Cardiff, to watch the golden boots of a superstar one last time. Several sports personalities earning £1,000's per day would learn a lot from this guys ethos.
I arrived at the stadium to see the squad buses arrive. Within 15 minutes of arrival Jonny was on the pitch practising his ball skills prior to kick off for 45 minutes before the game. This is the testament of someone dedicated to his game.
We will no longer see that legendary preparation and wiggle as Jonny lines up the ball for the kick to goal.
Every touch of the ball, regardless of what team shirt the spectators were wearing Jonny was met with a heroes welcome, and received a standing ovation as he left the pitch 2 minutes from the end.
With tears in his eyes he lifted the Heineken Cup with cheers and clapping around the stadium. A hero in the rugby world that we may never see the likes of again.
Here is a fabulous tribute from Jonnys peers both in the uk
and on the other side of the world from the All Blacks hottie Dan Carter!
and finally my two sports heros in one advert for adidas!
So farewell Jonny, as you hang up your golden boots, you will be missed, not only for your legendary rugby skills, but the fact you got a whole generation of ladies to love rugby!