Wilkinson: I’d love to help England

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iol spt may19 Wilkinson Jonny AP England intend to tap into Jonny Wilkinsons expertise and experience after his retirement - and the iconic fly-half is keen to help. Photo: Claude Paris


London - England intend to tap into Jonny Wilkinson’s expertise and experience after his retirement - and the iconic fly-half is keen to help.

The 2003 World Cup winner said: ‘If I can help make a difference - even if it’s only a small percentage - then I would love to do that.

‘Having played with so many people who have helped me in my career, I just want to help others.’

England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: ‘When you’ve got someone of his calibre and experience, with such a clear influence on so many people, I would certainly want him to feel part of the England team. It would be incredible what he could offer.’

Meanwhile, Lancaster expects Harlequins full back Mike Brown, who suffered a hip injury against Saracens last Saturday, to be fit for the first Test against New Zealand on June 7 though hooker Dylan Hartley, who has a shoulder injury, is still struggling.

Saracens winger Chris Ashton has been let off with a warning by the RFU after a probe into the incident where he ran at Quins’ Nick Evans shouting ‘miss, miss’ as the fly-half took a kick at goal.

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