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“I’m the guy in the armchair, wishing I could be on the Lions tour.”

During 2011 Rugby World Cup match against Argentina.

Apr 22, 2013

Jonny Wilkinson says he would not turn down an invitation to join the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia this year, but is questioning whether he could still contribute to the side.

Wilkinson said: “There’s no need for me to be there with these guys around. As I’ve said before it’s now about young guys taking the game forward.” Talking about Farrell, who is 12 years his junior he said “He’s a great player, with a lot of talent, he’s someone who has a job to do in the future, to lead his country and take rugby in England in the direction it needs to go.”

Wilkinson may be 33 – he'll be 34 before the Lions fly out – but he looks as good as ever and is playing close to his best. According to Steve Black, Wilkinson's long-time fitness coach, the body is good for a few years yet and, apart from a small operation in the closed season, the four years spent in the south of France seem to have been almost injury free.

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