Wilkinson to attend England training

Date published: October 4 2014

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World Cup winning fly-half Jonny Wilkinson will spend time at England’s training base, Pennyhill Park, ahead of the November Tests.

World Cup winning fly-half Jonny Wilkinson will spend time at England’s training base, Pennyhill Park, ahead of the November Tests.

The former England number ten retired at the end of last season and is now coaching at Toulon, where he finished his career by winning the Top 14 and Heineken Cup.

Discussing his future, Wilkinson revealed that he had been invited to attend England’s training sessions to further his education on the sidelines.

“I have spoken to the guys a bit, just because they were saying feel free to come along and have a little chat and see what you think and if there’s anything you can add,” said Wilkinson.

“I have got plenty of time – and I need plenty of time – to understand where I go next. I’d love to go down there and see what they’re doing because whatever they are doing is very, very good.

“I may pop down there and spend a little time at Pennyhill on the sidelines and watch the guys doing what they are doing and enjoy that.”

Beginning that first step in coaching with Toulon has given Wilkinson some familiarity, but he admits his knowledge of the players from spending five years at the club as a player is a shortcut.

That said, the great fly-half unsurprisingly remains humble and aware that he won’t make any progress as a coach with hard work.

“At the moment, it’s great to know the guys I am working with, and I can grab them,” added Wilkinson.

“I know them already from playing with them and I can say, ‘Look, let’s work on this’. I know what they need and I know their personalities, so I am already a step ahead.

“But it’s a tough world and the biggest mistake you can make is thinking that just because you played the game, you know what you are doing.”

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