Jonny Wilkinson: 'No regrets over retirement decision'

Toulon's English fly-half Jonny Wilkinson kicks a try conversion during the European Cup final rugby union match between RC Toulon and Saracens at The Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, South Wales, on May 24, 2014
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Jonny Wilkinson insists that he has no regrets about his decision to retire from rugby earlier this year.

Jonny Wilkinson has insisted that his decision to retire from professional rugby at the end of last season was not premature.

The England fly-half finished his career by lifting the Heineken Cup for a second time and winning the Top 14 final with Toulon, but he has dismissed suggestions that he should have returned for another campaign in France.

"When I first came back to training with Toulon I wondered if I would look at the guys and feel that I've still got that edge, but I don't," Wilkinson told Sky Sports News.

"My time has gone and what has made that easy has been that I probably played a year-and-a-half longer than I would have done had I gone purely on a heart perspective.

"There were times during that last year that I was there, days after games, thinking to myself 'I'm not sure I want to do this anymore' and I was able to push through that, but now it's over, I've milked everything from that experience and I know it's done for me."

Wilkinson spent five years with Toulon after leaving Newcastle Falcons.

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