Wilko to Toulon Confirmed
Posted by: PQuin (IP Logged)
Date: 18 May, 2009 18:31

BBC Sport
England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson will play in France next season after agreeing a two-year deal with Toulon.
Wilkinson leaves Newcastle after 12 years with the club, joining fellow Falcons Tom May, Jamie Noon and Ollie Phillips in heading across the channel.

The 29-year-old, who had a year left on his Newcastle contract, played just four games last season after dislocating his knee in September.

Reports state Wilkinson's deal could be worth 700,000 euros (623,000) a year.

A Falcons statement read: "Newcastle Falcons have confirmed that fly-half Jonny Wilkinson is leaving the club, to take up a new challenge in France."

Toulon's millionaire-president Mourad Boudjellal announced the club's squad list for next season which included a number of captures from English sides.

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Sale pair Sebastien Bruno and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Munster prop Tim Ryan, Bristol flanker Joe El Abd, Saracens back-rower Kris Chesney and Cardiff centre Jamie Robinson were all included in the list as well as Wilkinson's former team-mate May.

Wilkinson, who has 70 caps and 1,032 points to his name, has joined the exodus of English players who have left the Premiership to join the cash-rich French league which includes Riki Flutey, James Haskell, Tom Palmer and Iain Balshaw.

The 2003 World Cup winning fly-half has been beset by a number of injuries in the past six years and has not played for England since coming on as a substitute in the Six Nations win over Ireland on 15 March 2008.

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England elite rugby director Rob Andrew has already insisted players who move to France must attend all training sessions with the national team in order to be selected.

Henri Bru, Rugby Correspondent for French newspaper L'Equipe, told BBC Radio 5 Live that Wilkinson's arrival will be big news in France.

"He is one of the most well known rugby players in the world along with Jonah Lomu, and maybe the sun of the Riviera will do him a lot of good," he said.

"Club rugby is on a role in France, the clubs have money and they fill the stadiums."

Wilkinson's debut for Toulon should come on the weekend of 15/16 August when next season's Top 14 campaign kicks off.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 18/05/2009 18:40 by PQuin.

Re: Wilko to Toulon Confirmed
Posted by: mabosa ritchie (IP Logged)
Date: 18 May, 2009 19:21

Erse Feck , now i will have to buy a Toulon cape!!

Re: Wilko to Toulon Confirmed
Posted by: Vixen (IP Logged)
Date: 18 May, 2009 22:05

Kinda not news as everyone suspected he was heading there anyhow oh well best English flyhalf even half fit goes for money never mind.


Re: Wilko to Toulon Confirmed
Posted by: PinguThePenQuin wears no.13 (IP Logged)
Date: 18 May, 2009 23:14

You can't blame him though. His England career hasn't taken off due to the injuries and he has been more than loyal to Newcastle. He could have gone to Wasps prior to the 2003 World Cup and won things with them, but chose to stay at Falcons.

I genuinely hope he gets a couple of seasons injury free, because quite frankly, even though he'll never be the same.....Cipriani et al at 100% fit aren't fit to lace a fully fit Wilko's boots.

Re: Wilko to Toulon Confirmed
Posted by: Pawlo (IP Logged)
Date: 18 May, 2009 23:19

Jonny may have signed on the dotted line with Toulon... however, the massive deal could be terminated if he fails to come through a strenuous medical & physical within the next 10 days.

As far as his contract goes... I say good luck to him!

Some of the details include:
- permission to be absent from Toulon duties for all internationals through to the 2011 World Cup, including all England team camps;
- basic wages of $2.1 million for a two-season stay (currently only signed for one, with a second year option);
- he stands to earn a further $420,000 once he plays 30 games;
- he will be provided with a $2.25m villa, complete with pool & views overlooking the Mediterranean, rent-free for his duration in Toulon;
- use of a $120,000 4x4 vehicle;
- also understood that as part of the deal Wilkinson's older brother (Mark) will be hired as part of Toulon's off-field management team (currently strength & conditioning coach at Newcastle).

Bonne Chance... & enjoy!!

Re: Wilko to Toulon Confirmed
Posted by: Faith Anbegorrah (IP Logged)
Date: 18 May, 2009 23:30

Pingu,my friend,youre spot on and that includes off the field as well. He's been a credit to club and country - a true gentleman. I've seen the lad stand for,literally,hours singing autographs after matches.

Good luck,Jonny. It's been an honour to watch you play.(Sm152)

Re: Wilko to Toulon Confirmed
Posted by: The Advocate (IP Logged)
Date: 19 May, 2009 08:45

Good luck to him and I hope he finds his way back into the England team. A true great and a top chap.

Re: Wilko to Toulon Confirmed
Posted by: Chiggs (IP Logged)
Date: 19 May, 2009 09:24

Good luck Jonny. Here's hoping you have an injury free season and get back in the white shirt of England asap.

Re: Wilko to Toulon Confirmed
Posted by: EastQuin (IP Logged)
Date: 19 May, 2009 09:34

Was always too brave for his own longevity.

Great player and filled the jersey brilliantly.......never sure he was fully fit in 2003 but glad he was able to kick the drop goal.

Lots of luck Jonny enjoy the good life in the sun.

Re: Wilko to Toulon Confirmed
Posted by: Rocker (IP Logged)
Date: 19 May, 2009 11:01

Good luck Jonny, deserves some luck, lets hope he can manage a couple of seasons injury free. IMHO one of the problems with him being at Newcastle was that he didn't have the support around him that he might have had at a "bigger club".

Nice perks, luxury villa and a $120,000 4x4? What the hell is that? I can't think of a 4x4 that costs that, unless he's getting one of those Lamborghini ones.

Re: Wilko to Toulon Confirmed
Posted by: Fistral Beach (IP Logged)
Date: 19 May, 2009 20:41

What a shame - he didn't think of pulling on a Quins shirt for a season or two. Doubt we could have matched the dough but what a sight to see - the best fly half by a country mile, gracing the Stoop. Not only a game winner, a guaranteed goal kicker and punched above his weight in the tackling department. Kinda puts Mr Cip in the shade.
Jonny, shame to see you go - but France aint that far - I may even pop over for a game or two.

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