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Jonny Wilkinson extends Toulon stay

27 December 2010

  • Jonny Wilkinson signs two-year contract extension with Toulon
  • 31-year-old fly half back playing after recent shoulder injury
Jonny Wilkinson in action for French side Toulon

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England fly half Jonny Wilkinson has signed a new two-year contract with Toulon that will keep him at the French Top 14 outfit until the summer of 2013.

The 31-year-old had been expected to extend his stay in the south of France after making a major impact following his move from Newcastle in the summer of 2009.

A statement on the Toulon website read: "This Monday, December 27, 2010 early in the afternoon, fly half Jonny Wilkinson, the England international, has extended his contract with Toulon for two seasons (one option)."

Wilkinson scored 302 points during his first season with Toulon, helping Philippe Saint-Andre's side to reach the final of the Amlin Challenge Cup, where they lost to Cardiff Blues in Marseille, as well as the semi-finals of the Top 14.

Impressive time form campaign

The 86-cap No.10 has enjoyed a similarly impressive time so far this campaign, helping the French side to the top of a testing Heineken Cup pool which includes Munster, Ospreys and London Irish.

He was voted the best overseas player in the French league at the end of last month and Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal had previously stated his desire to keep England's 2003 World Cup hero "at any price".

While he has flourished in France, Wilkinson last started a Test match for England during the 2010 RBS 6 Nations campaign against Scotland and was forced to miss out on then November Investec Internationals after suffering a shoulder injury in training.

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