ESPN SCRUM

/ England

/ News

England
Wilkinson to retire from rugby
ESPN Staff
May 19, 2014
Jonny Wilkinson will play two more matches for Toulon and then retire © Getty Images
Enlarge

Jonny Wilkinson has confirmed he will retire at the end of the season as he prepares to bring down the curtain on an incredible 17-year career.

Toulon still have two matches left in the season with the Heineken Cup final against Saracens on Saturday and then the Top 14 finale versus Castres on May 31. Wilkinson said, in a brief statement, he will retire at the end of the current campaign but he will leave various tributes and further comments until after their Top 14 match.

Jonny Wilkinson's international statistics

  • England caps: 91
  • British and Irish Lions caps: 6
  • World Cup finals: 2
  • World Cup wins: 1
  • Test victories: 67
  • Total Test points: 1,246
  • Test tries: 7
  • Test conversions: 169
  • Test penalties: 255
  • Test drop goals: 36
  • Six Nations titles: 4 (2000, 2001, 2003, 2011)
  • Grand Slams: 1 (2003)

"I would like to take this opportunity to formally announce my retirement from playing rugby," Wilkinson said in a statement on Toulon's website. "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 seventeen years something I will never forget."

The announcement brings to an end a remarkable career and one which saw him slot the World Cup-winning drop-goal in 2003. In total, Wilkinson made 91 appearances for England and played in four World Cups. He also travelled with the British & Irish Lions in 2001 and 2005, making six Test appearances in the process.

At club level he played for 12 years at Newcastle Falcons and then moved to Toulon in 2009. At Toulon he helped guide the club to the Heineken Cup title in 2013 and will go for two more trophies at the end of the current season.

Wilkinson will now embark on the next stage in his career and he is widely expected to head into coaching. "My role is developing," Wilkinson said back in February. "I now spend most of the week in training, helping my team-mates approach the game differently. I've accepted that for a long time, but that doesn't change the fact that, deep down, I cannot stop competing."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Latest
  • Most Viewed
  • News
  • Features
  • Rugby

    Richard Cockerill has home semi-final in his sights

    Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill insists he has not given up hope of a home Aviva Premiership semi-final after his side leapfrogged Exeter Chiefs in the standings with victory at Welford Road

  • Rugby

    Toulouse leave it late to stun Toulon

    Toulouse produced a stunning second-half display to beat Top 14 leaders Toulon34-24 and leave the top three sides separated by just two points after Stade Francais' win over Clermont Auvergne

  • Golf

    George Coetzee battles back to keep Masters dream alive

    George Coetzee staged a superb fightback to keep his hopes of qualifying for the Masters alive in the Hassan Trophy at Golf du Palais Royal

  • Rugby

    Ashton and Wyles ease Saracens to Wembley win

    Chris Wyles and Chris Ashton grabbed two tries apiece as Saracens earned a bonus-point victory over Harlequins 42-14 in front of a record crowd for a domestic rugby match at Wembley

  • Rugby

    England held to draw by USA as Portugal stun All Blacks

    England reached the quarter finals of the Cathay Pacific-HSBC Hong Kong Sevens after qualifying second from Pool D following an entertaining 21-21 draw with USA

  • Football

    A Klose call

    Miroslav Klose scored goals in the World Cup final tournaments of 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014. Has anyone else scored World Cup goals 12 years apart?

  • Formula 1

    F1 cost cutting: Not putting money where the mouth is

    Mudslinging and an agreement on something that will never happen, it's all in a day's work for a Formula One boss, as Maurice Hamilton explains...

  • Formula One

    Tough at the top

    Who has driven in the most GPs before taking pole position?

  • Rugby

    Unsavoury sledging did not end with Potgieter

    Fallout continues from the NSW-Brumbies derby, with one Tahs forward - not Potgieter - surprised by other unsavoury comments during the game, Greg Growden reports

  • Rugby

    Super Rugby preview, team news, line-ups: Round 7

    Greg Growden previews Super Rugby round 7. We've also got key stats, team news and all the line-ups to inform your ESPN Footytips Super Rugby picks

  • News
  • Features

Sponsored Links

Make Huge Income from your Home
Download your Free Guide And Learn How To Increase Your Monthly Income