How Wilko nearly packed it in

Tue, 02 Apr 2013 06:44
Large jonny wilkinson toulon kick Large jonny wilkinson v sale Large jonnywilkinsonblues

Jonny Wilkinson has admitted that there had been times during the present season that he had thought of ending his hugely successful career.

England's World Cup winning flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson has admitted there had been times during the present season that he had thought of ending his hugely successful career.

However, Wilkinson - who turns 34 on May 25 and has been playing top level rugby since he was 17 - added he had changed his mind and convinced himself he could still play another season of Top 14 rugby next term.

Wilkinson is now on the verge of signing a year's extension to his Toulon contract which will keep him at the club for the 2013/14 season.

"In November, I was hesitating as to whether I should extend my contract or not," said Wilkinson, who is the leading Top 14 points scorer this season.

"Mourad (Boudjellal, the Toulon president) said that was not upsetting for him if I hadn't yet made my mind up and that helped me a lot.

"I took the time to reflect on it and to ask questions of others in helping me reach the right decision.

"I am not going to hide the fact that sometimes I woke up in the morning thinking I should stop and then the next day I changed my mind.

"It is vital never to panic and also not to decide anything too quickly," he added.

Wilkinson, forever remembered for kicking the match-winning drop goal in the last minute of extra-time in the 2003 World Cup Final victory over hosts Australia, said he had had to convince himself he still had what was necessary to play at this level.

Also he was mindful that playing at flyhalf he was depriving former Wallaby number one Matt Giteau and present controversial French first choice Frederic Michalak form playing in that position.

"I was afraid of making it a season too many. The worst thing is not if you don't win the title because all the teams have the same ambition and at the end of the season there is only one that can do so.

"No the worst would be if I played for a year too long, and I didn't bring anything positive to the team. That would have annoyed the other players and that I do not want to do.

"I have said throughout my career the worst thing is to be in a team for the wrong reasons.

"If I play, it is because I think I can have a positive influence around me".

Wilkinson, who moved to Toulon from Newcastle Falcons in 2009, said that the extension had not been signed yet but it was progressing nicely towards that end.

"We are presently discussing it. Everything is going very well in that regard and I hope that it is all signed and sealed very quickly.

"For the moment, though, I am mainly thinking about the big matches ahead for the club than about extending my contract."

The first of those big matches comes this Sunday when Toulon play English giants Leicester Tigers in the European Cup quarterfinal clash.

AFP

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 27 April 2018
Munster v Ulster 22h00 Thomond Park
Kings v Cheetahs 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Treviso v Zebre 22h00 Stadio Monigo
Dragons v Scarlets 22h00 Rodney Parade
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Connacht v Leinster 22h00 Sportsground
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 22h00 Sixways
Wasps v Northampton Saints 22h00 Ricoh Arena
London Irish v Saracens 22h00 Madejski Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 22h00 Welford Road
Gloucester v Bath 22h00 Kingsholm
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 22h00 Sandy Park
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
TOP 14
MORE LOGS