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Wilko downplays Lions selection hopes

09th April 2013 11:06


Jonny Wilkinson Toulon v Leicester HEC QF 2013

Jonny Wilkinson: Won't turn down a Lions call-up

Toulon fly-half Jonny Wilkinson has played down his chances of being selected by the British and Irish Lions for their upcoming tour of Australia.

Wilkinson continues to impress for the Top 14 outfit and his masterful display of kicking and defending in Sunday's 21-15 win over Leicester in the Heineken Cup quarter-finals led many to suggest he could do a job for the Lions in June.

However, the 33-year-old said: "As far as I'm concerned, I'm like the guy in the armchair, wishing I could be on the Lions tour."

Wilkinson, the second-highest points scorer in Test history, wouldn't turn down a Lions call-up but feels younger compatriots Owen Farrell and Toby Flood deserve their chance.

"It's now about the young guys taking the game forward."