Jonny Wilkinson is set to be knighted in the New Year’s Honours list according to reports in England.
Wilkinson retired in June after a glittering career during which he helped England to the World Cup in 2003, while at club level he starred for Toulon as they won back-to-back European titles over the last two seasons.
The 35-year-old was affectionately known as ‘Sir Jonny’ in the South of France during a hugely successful five-year spell which finished with a domestic and European double last season.
And as a result of his rugby achievements, which also saw him spend 12 years with Newcastle, as well as his charity work, the Sunday Mirror is reporting that he will receive a knighthood from the Queen on Thursday.
“Jonny is one of Britain’s greatest-ever sportsmen,” a source told the Sunday Mirror.
“He has always represented England with distinction. He is a hero and a shining example to millions around the world. He thoroughly deserves this.”