A World In Waiting For Wilkinson
Jonny Wilkinson has revealed his dream to help England win another World Cup – as coach!
And, by outlining his off-the-field international ambition, the fly-half has opened the door further for a possible seat on the Lions plane Down Under.
World Cup winner Wilko, 33, has already begun playing a part in mentoring young players at Toulon.
Wilko, who scored 1,179 points in 91 England games, said: “I’d like to return to the national side as a coach one day.
“I have spent my entire life testing ways of how to get better so I am at a stage now when I get as much pleasure from trying to get that result from other people.
“I am keen to work with players from a kicking and passing perspective. If they want to work and they are keen, I will go as far as they want to take it.
“I feel it is my duty now. I have to try to pass it on.”
New Lions boss Warren Gatland insists Wilkinson has every chance of going on the tour to Australia at the end of the season if he perfoms well for Toulon.
The Wales head coach also hinted he could take England’s record points scorer for a third Lions campaign as part of his coaching set-up if not as a player.
And Wilkinson insists he still has goals to achieve on the field in the south of France, where he has become a local hero.
He said: “I love playing rugby and have no plans right now to stop.
“I will continue as long as I feel I can do a job for the team, and I am enjoying it.
“I am finding out a lot about myself from my journey with Toulon.”