Top 14 - Wilkinson extends contract at Toulon

Mon, 27 Dec 17:26:00 2010

Jonny Wilkinson has put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension with French club Toulon which commits him to the team until 2013.

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The French club confirmed the deal on their website.

The news has the potential to spell the end of the fly-half's England career, however.

The Rugby Football Union have announced plans to ignore players for England duty if they play their club rugby overseas.

Wilkinson, 31, has enjoyed something of a renaissance in his career since the move from Newcastle Falcons in the summer of 2009, and was voted the French Top 14's best overseas player last month.

That has not translated to better days with England, where Wilkinson has been on the periphery since Toby Flood was made first-choice fly-half.

The RFU say they will waive their rule on overseas-based players in 'exceptional circumstances', but it is not clear whether Wilkinson would be considered such a case.

"I am happy where I am, it fits the bill for me," said Wilkinson last week.

"I can understand where they [the RFU] are coming from and what they're saying.

"For me, in my situation at the moment, my main aim is to keep getting better and I made a move [to Toulon] a year-and-a-half ago to try to continue to do that.

"I want to carry on doing that now. I am enjoying the experience and I'm learning a hell of a lot. I owe a lot to these guys."


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