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World Cup hero Wilkinson to retire at end of season


World Cup hero Wilkinson to retire at end of season


England’s 2003 World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson has announced his retirement from rugby.

The former England fly-half will hang up his boots at the end of the current season.

The final two games of the 34-year-old Toulon player’s career will be Saturday’s Heineken Cup final against Saracens and the French Top 14 final against Castres the following weekend.

At the end of the season he will join Toulon’s coaching staff.

During a glittering career Wilkinson became one of just five men to score 1,000 points or more in international rugby.

His total of 1,246 points is bettered only by New Zealand great Dan Carter.

But the biggest three points of his career though came in the 2003 World Cup final when his drop goal in extra-time secured England a 20-17 victory over Australia.

Wilkinson – who began his career at the Newcastle Falcons – retired from international rugby at the end of 2011, but continued to play on for French club Toulon – only the second club of his career.

He helped England win the Six Nations tournament four times, the World Cup once.

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