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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 December, 2003, 18:37 GMT
Wilkinson unhurt after car crash
Jonny Wilkinson
England rugby hero Jonny Wilkinson was involved in a car crash just hours after the team's Rugby World Cup celebrations in London.

Wilkinson was unhurt in the accident, which happened in the early hours of Tuesday as he returned home to Newcastle following the London victory parade.

"It was an awesome day that also had something of a memorable finish, but for all the wrong reasons," Wilkinson said in a newspaper column. "I wasn't hurt and nor was the driver," he added.

The player's agent Dan Collins described the incident as a "storm in a teacup" and confirmed Wilkinson would be fit to accept his MBE at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

"The car was quite badly damaged but Jonny was completely uninjured and back in training at nine o'clock in the morning," Colllins told BBC Five Live.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police confirmed Wilkinson was involved in a "minor accident" on the A1 northbound on Monday night.

Wilkinson was not driving the vehicle when it went off the road at Leeming Bar and collided with a tree.

He's fine - he's 100%
Wilkinson's agent
No-one else was injured and the spokesman said that police were not taking the matter any further.

Wilkinson, who scored a dramatic last-minute drop goal to seal England's 20-17 World Cup final win over Australia, had been with his fellow squad members in the capital all day.

Three quarters of a million fans thronged central London to salute the England squad as they paraded the Webb Ellis trophy aboard open-topped buses.

Following the parade, the players met Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for tea and attended an evening reception at Downing Street hosted by Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Wilkinson will return to London and Buckingham Palace on Wednesday to receive his MBE, before returning to the capital at the weekend for Sunday's BBC Sports Personality awards.




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