Former England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson sells his £1.5m mansion

Former Newcastle Falcons and England rugby star Jonny Wilkinson put his then £1.5m Northumberland property on the market in 2014.

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The property, which is now worth well over £1.5m, sold for just over £900k.

He said: "When I went through my injury period between 2004 and 2007, I just couldn't stay fit and I was struggling.

"It was then I decided to extend the property to include space for a gym and a swimming pool.

"It kind of saved my career. My whole life was about doing rehab and gym work to try and stay fit and get back into my job. It became a bit of a a retreat almost.

"I could do what I had to do, but still have all the peace and quiet that comes with the house."

He added: "The views go on forever. It's that kind of thing that I'm going to miss. It's that beautiful and that much of a privilege to live here.

"But at the same time, it's one of the these things when suddenly your life takes shape in front of you and you have to move on. "The house is very special to me as it's where I spent the mainstay of my rugby career.

The house dates from the late 1800s and has been updated throughout.

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#15.Ben Ransom

  • Status : Retired
  • Clubs : Saracens, Bedford Blues, London Irish
  • International? Not even close.
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#14. Marland Yarde

  • Status : Active
  • Current club: Free agent
  • Clubs : London Irish, Harlequins, Sale Sharks
  • International? 13 caps for England.
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#13.Jamie Elliott

  • Status : Active
  • Current club: Bedford Blues
  • Clubs : Northampton Saints, Zebre
  • International? 5 caps for England U20.
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#12. Manu Tuilagi

  • Status : Active
  • Current club: Bayonne
  • Clubs : Leicester Tigers, Sale Sharks
  • International? Won 60 caps, appearing at three World Cup’s

#11.Charlie Walker

  • Status : Active
  • Current club: Ealing Trailfinders
  • Clubs : Harlequins, Esher, Zebre
  • International? England U20 and Sevens.
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