Wilkinson Signs for Toulon, while Collins leaves For Ospreys

Wilkinson Signs for Toulon, while Collins leaves For Ospreys

Jonny Wilkinson last night ended his 12-year stay at Newcastle in favour of a two-season deal with Toulon, the French Top 14 club financed by spectacularly wealthy businessman Mourad Boudjellal.

Wilkinson, still recovering from a knee dislocation suffered last September, will earn around £750,000 a year playing alongside nine fellow recruits from Premiership and Celtic League sides.

The likes of Sale pair Sébastien Bruno and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Munster prop Tim Ryan, Bristol flanker Joe El-Abd, Saracens back-rower Kris Chesney and Cardiff centre Jamie Robinson, Falcons team mate Tom May, Argentina and Leinster fly half/cente Felipe Comptemponi and Sale and Scotland wing/full back Rory Lamount have already been signed up.

The England Fly half who wears Adidas Predator powerswerve Rugby boots will go down as one of Newcastle Falcons greatest players during his injury hit 12 seasons, the club where he develped into the best playe in his position in the World.

Wilkinson in addition hopes the move to Toulon will resurect his England career “I hope it will give me the games to rebuild an international career,” he said. “I haven’t played, for obvious reasons, and so I haven’t figured for England and I want that to change.

“I feel I have to give myself a new environment and a new start. I could not forgive myself if I didn’t try everything to get myself out playing regularly.”

Going the other way is Former All Black back row forward Jerry Collins who is leaving Toulon to Join the Ospreys.

Jerry Collins

Collins has put pen to paper on a two-year deal which will see him arrive at the Liberty Stadium this summer.

The 48-times capped All Blacks hard man, whose nickname is ‘Terminator’, turned his back on international rugby following New Zealand’s shock quarter-final exit from the 2007 World Cup against France in Cardiff.

The tough-tackling blindside flanker admitted he was fed up with rugby Down Under and being on the Super 14 and Tri-Nations treadmill with frequent long-haul flights and lengthy stays in South Africa and Australia.

Whats your thoughs on Wlkinsons move? Will it give him a chance to play for England again?