Jonny Wilkinson confirms his retirement
Toulon outhalf will hang up his boots after Heineken Cup and Top 14 finals
Toulon’s Jonny Wilkinson, lifting the Heineken Cup trophy in Dublin last year, has confirmed he will retire at the end of the season. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire.
Jonny Wilkinson has confirmed that he will retire at the end of the season. The Toulon outhalf made the announcement on the club’s website this morning.
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.”