Buddhism Helps Wilkinson Prepare for World Cup, Times Reports

By Sarah Jones, Bloomberg, Oct 20, 2007

London, UK -- England's Jonny Wilkinson says he has learned a lot from the doctrines of Buddhism after suffering from injuries in the lead up to the 2007 Rugby World Cup, the sportsman wrote in an article for the London-based Times today.

Wilkinson said while he has not converted to Buddhism, he has been ``learning different ways of looking at life.''

``It has taken me everywhere,'' he wrote in the newspaper. ``Even down to the basics of how to relax, looking at meditation or better sleeping.''

Wilkinson, whose last-minute drop goal won England the 2003 Rugby World Cup, said the Buddhist principles were ``fascinating'' and helped make him happy enough to be ``proud'' of who he is.

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