Wilkinson focused on Toulon

For Toulon (9/4 – Top 14 Grand Final outright) fly-half Jonny Wilkinson a historic double this season, with the Top 14 and the Heineken Cup up for grabs, is his priority having turned down a chance to tour with the British & Irish Lions.

The former England international spoke with Lions head coach Warren Gatland ahead of the Kiwis’ announcement of his 37-man squad to tour Australia this summer, with three Tests set to take place against the Wallabies.

Wilkinson decided against committing himself to the Lions and instead is hoping to bring as much silverware to Toulon (11/8 – Heineken Cup outright) as possible this season.

The 33-year-old told The Times: “It was a hugely proud moment for me to be called by Warren Gatland, to be told that they were thinking of me in this way.

“I was phenomenally proud to be considered for the Lions, so it’s very disappointing that I’m unavailable.

“If Toulon manage to get through to the final of the Top 14, my absolute priority lies with them and helping to get the best out of a team that has been so good to me for so long.”

The door has not been closed on Wilkinson joining up with the Lions as Gatland has admitted that should anything happen to fly-halves Jonathan Sexton and Owen Farrell Down Under, the veteran No.10 would be receiving another call.

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