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Wilkinson eyes England coaching role

Published 20/05/2014 | 02:30

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Johnny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson would consider a future coaching role with England – a possibility that also interests current Red Rose boss Stuart Lancaster.

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Wilkinson has announced he will retire after completing the final two matches of Toulon's season – the Heineken Cup and Top 14 finals, staged over the next two weekends.

A tracksuit role beckons for the 34-year-old – most probably at Toulon, where he is revered – and bookmakers have issued odds of 10/1 that he one day becomes head coach of England.

"I would love to be able to do that. With England? Of course, that would be amazing," said Wilkinson.

"It's a real desire of mine, having played with so many people who have helped me in my career. I just want to help others get better because I know what a difference it makes to a team. To carry on from a coaching perspective would be great."

Lancaster believes Wilkinson's experience would make him a valuable back-room addition at some point. "I'm not sure what his desire is, but I'd certainly want him to feel part of the England team," said Lancaster.

Irish Independent

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