Friday, August 14, 2009
The great man is back. Tonight, Jonny Wilkinson will confidently stride out for his new club Toulon in the French Top 14 as they take on Stade Francais in the opening match of the new season.
Wilkinson, now 30, has had a large part of his career wiped out due to a string of bad injuries. Hes back now though, and with his new club comes a new lease on life.
Wilko feels hes yet to reach his true potential, and is hoping that this is the season that hell achieve the heights he feels hes capable of.
"I feel I have spent my life playing it safe, not allowing the unknown," said Wilkinson.
"If I operate between six and eight I will always be okay because sometimes when you push for 10, you open up the door to drop to a four.
"But I don't want to finish my career and say, 'I did okay, I operated within myself and well done me' - now I want to push for 10."
Back in the mix with his national side, Wilkinson spent the past few days with the England training camp, and hopes to be a part of the November internationals that will truly signal the return of one of the best flyhalfs of the modern era.
Two questions need to be answered before that can happen though. Will Jonny stay injury free for the entire season? And will he reach the kind of form that makes him the best once again?
Time will tell.
Note: Toulon play Stade Francais tonight (Friday) at 1945 local time.