Wilkinson set to stay in France

Jonny Wilkinson is set to snub England by signing a new deal to remain at Toulon. [more]

Jonny Wilkinson

Jonny Wilkinson is set to snub England by signing a new deal to remain at Toulon.

The Rugby Football Union recently wrote to all England squad members announcing their absolute intention to only pick players at domestic clubs after the 2011 World Cup.
 
But Wilkinson is set to test that hardline stance. Toulon coach Phillippe Saint-Andre revealed the two-tour Lion was close to agreeing a new deal to stay at Stade Felix-Mayol and Wilkinson confirmed he intends to stay at the French Top 14 club.
 
"I can understand where they are coming from and what they're saying," said Wilkinson. "I am happy where I am, it fits the bill for me.
 
"In my situation at the moment, my main aim is to keep getting better and I made a move  a year and a half ago to try to continue to do that.
 
"I want to carry on doing that now. I am enjoying the experience and I'm learning a hell of a lot. I owe a lot to these guys.
 
"I want to keep getting better day by day. That has always been the overall goal. I will keep doing that and see where it leads me.
 
"It's something I don't want to get involved in. I'm just one player in this sort of situation and there are others in the same situation.
 
"I do want to keep getting better and that means playing at the peak of the game. That stays the same."
 
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