Wilkinson to retire

Daily Echo: Jonny Wilkinson Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson has announced that he will retire at the end of the season.

The fly-half, educated in Hampshire and most famous for winning the 2003 World Cup for England with a drop goal, made the announcement on the website of his club, Toulon.

The 34-year-old, who will turn 35 the day after Toulon's Heineken Cup final against Saracens on Saturday, has long been expected to call time on his glittering career.

"I would like to take this opportunity to formally announce my retirement from playing rugby," he said.

"It goes without saying that I have an enormous number of people to thank for their support from all around the world but especially here in France and in England.

"This however is not at all the time to be concentrating on this as I would like to focus all my attention and energy on the team and these final two games of the season.

"I sincerely thank you all for everything you have given me and for making these last 17 years something I will never forget."

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