Wilkinson to join Toulon staff

29th May 2014, 13:21

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Meticulous: Jonny Wilkinson

Meticulous: Jonny Wilkinson

Toulon boss Bernard Laporte has confirmed that retiring fly-half Jonny Wilkinson will join the European champions' coaching staff.


Toulon manager Bernard Laporte has confirmed that retiring fly-half Jonny Wilkinson will join the European champions' coaching staff next season.

The former England pivot will call time on his illustrious 17-year career following Toulon's rematch with Castres in the Top 14 Final on Saturday.

35-year-old Wilkinson joined Toulon in 2009 and has become an iconic figure at the club.

"A person of his stature will undoubtedly bring something more within the coaching staff, it is obvious," Laporte told daily newspaper La Provence.

"He will not necessarily travel with the team all the time because he wants to take a step back at weekends."

The World Cup winner is likely to play a part-time role, bringing his expertise as a kicking and skills coach.

Wilkinson played his last match on British soil last weekend as he helped Toulon to a 26-3 victory over Saracens in the Heineken Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium.

"Our season's got one more week left but this is something I'll remember forever," said Wilkinson after the game.

"There's a lot of relief, a lot of excitement, a lot of sheer adulation. At the moment, it's just trying to take it all in.

"It's a privilege to have been part of that game, to have been part of this final and to have won it - I couldn't have asked for more."