Wilko open to extending career

Veteran former England star Jonny Wilkinson says he feels fit enough to continue playing top-level rugby beyond this season but will only decide to prolong his career if it benefits his club, Toulon (13/8 – To win Top 14).

The 33-year-old, who opted to retire from international action after last year’s World Cup, has had an impressive campaign in France, where he has helped Toulon to the top of the Top 14 table.

However, the fly-half’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the season and, so far, there has been little talk of an extension being put on the table.

Wilkinson, who was recently linked with a role for the British and Irish Lions for their tour to Australia next summer, says he feels his body could cope with more action but he will only decide to carry on if Toulon can profit.

He told French sports daily L’Equipe: “I’m capable of carrying on, but it’s a delicate balance. The question isn’t what I would like to do, but what is best for my team.”

Wilkinson, who famously kicked England to World Cup glory in 2003, has been linked with a return home with several Premiership (Leicester 15/8f – 2012/13 Outright) clubs monitoring his situation.


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