Jonny Wilkinson eyes British and Irish Lions swansong

Wilkinson eyes Lions swansong
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Jonny Wilkinson admits that he would love to feature in the British and Irish Lions' tour of Australia.

Jonny Wilkinson has admitted that he would jump at the chance to represent the British and Irish Lions on their tour of Australia next summer.

The former England fly-half, who retired from the international scene last year, said that he would not turn down the opportunity if it were offered.

"There's no way I could say no," BBC Sport quotes Wilkinson as saying. "In terms of what that represents, everything about it, it's enormous. Such a fabulous thing.

"The joy is the fact it doesn't have to come with [still playing] international rugby. It doesn't matter where you come from. You have got six weeks, get your boots on and get into it."

British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland previously hinted that he will offer Wilkinson a place in his squad for the Australia tour, dismissing the notion that his age is an issue.

Wilkinson added: "All I can do is play and see if I fit into those plans. If I don't, I'll make the best of what I've got which, let's face it, is good enough."

Wilkinson is currently playing his rugby with Toulon in France.

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