Owen Farrellʼs three successful kicks in the first round of the RBS 6 Nations Championship saw him break the 200-points barrier for England.
At just 22 years of age the fly-half is joint-ninth in Englandʼs all-time points scorers list and he could potentially move up to eighth place at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Who does he have in his sights and how high can he climb in what promises to be a long and productive career for the dead-eyed kicker?
203 points, 14 Tests (1989-91)
The curly-haired kicking metronome had a short but productive Test career and was part of the 1991 Grand Slam-winning team. The run of four victories included England’s first in Cardiff in 28 years, when the Nottingham full-back slotted a then-world record seven penalties in a 25-6 win. His 60 points in the Championship that year was also a record.
210 points, 85 Tests (1984-96)
The legendary flying winger is England’s leading try scorer having touched down 49 times in his 12-year international career. The Leicester man was a member of three Grand Slam-winning teams, scored 18 tries in the Five Nations and played in the 1991 World Cup final. Also famous for: Having a career in RAF, a dancing mother and his brother Tony played on the other wing for England.
240 points, 25 Tests (1974-84)
Bald and careworn, William Henry Hare was a world away from the current tattooed monoliths who marshal backs divisions. Part of the 1980 Grand Slam, the Leicester full-back slotted the all-important penalty in a 9-8 win over Wales. He scored a world record 7,337 points during an 18-year Tigers career and also played county cricket for Nottinghamshire.
269 points, 38 Tests (2001-12)
Came close to setting a world record points haul on debut in 2001 but had to settle for an England best of 44 in a Romanian rout. An injury-hit career blighted greater involvement at national level, but after 44 months away he was recalled by Stuart Lancaster and became the “Charge-Down King” in successive games in 2012. He is the Aviva Premiershipʼs all-time leading scorer.
296 points, 33 Tests (1987-93)
Elegant and upright when joining the line from full-back, the Bristol and Bath man juggled his rugby commitments with medical training before retiring at the age of 30 to concentrate on becoming a leading orthopaedic surgeon. By then he had played in a World Cup final and contributed 67 points and three tries to Englandʼs dominant 1993 Grand Slam side.
301 points, 60 Tests (2006-13)
Full name: Tobias Gerald Albert Lieven Flood. There is a Newcastle connection towards the top of this England tree in that Flood at number four was mentored by the man at number one, who in turn was mentored by the man at number three. Now at Leicester, he played in the 2007 World Cup final in France and is set to move across La Manche this summer to join Toulouse.
396 points, 71 Tests (1985-97)
The perennial debate raged through the late-eighties and early-nineties: Andrew or Stuart Barnes? It was nearly always the former, a dependable 10 who guided England to the right areas of the pitch, to Grand Slams in 1991, 1992 and 1995 and a World Cup final. Also an accomplished cricketer representing Cambridge University at first-class standard.
400 points, 32 Tests (1995-2004)
The fly-half scored 17 points on his debut against Samoa in 1995 and racked up an impressive average of 12.5 points-per-game in a stop-start international career that was largely halted by the emergence of a certain Jonny Wilkinson. A Northampton legend, he scored 2,784 points for the club and helped them lift the Heineken Cup in 2000.
1,179 points, 91 Tests (1998-2011)
You don’t need an introduction do you? England’s youngest player. Most capped back. The consummate professional. That dropped goal. Those injuries. The comebacks. Played in four World Cups, appearing in two finals and winning one with that last-minute, wrong-footed pop at the sticks in Sydney and was also an intrinsic part of Englandʼs last Grand Slam in 2003. Still getting his kicks in club rugby with Heineken Cup champions Toulon in France.
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