Wilkinson eyes kicking coach role
June 1, 2012
Jonny Wilkinson last turned out for England during the 2011 World Cup © Getty Images
Jonny Wilkinson has revealed that he is considering turning to a kicking coach role once he decides to call time on his career.
One of the most famous fly-halves to ever play the game, Wilkinson's reputation is partly forged on his accurate kicking and meticulous attention to detail. Aged 33, Wilkinson is showing no signs of slowing down over at Toulon and although he has called time on his England career, he still hopes to continue playing an active role in the Top 14. But when retirement eventually does cross his path, Wilkinson is already putting in the hours coaching others rather than just on his own game.
"I spend as much of my time now helping and coaching others as I do working on my own game," Wilkinson told the Evening Standard. "But that doesn't mean I've taken time off my own game. But I just can't help it if I see young kickers but ask if I can be of assistance. I love the feeling of coaching one on one.
"I love the skills science and the thought process more than anything. Hopefully I'm in a good position to help as I've spent all the years thinking every morning about how I can improve, working on the wheres and how tos. I like to be able to help people so they don't think they have to go out there and feel like they're doing it on their own."
Prior to Toulon, Wilkinson was turning out for the Newcastle Falcons in the Premiership and although many have asked him in the past why he did not make the move sooner from Newcastle to the Top 14, Wilkinson admits that the decision to leave the Falcons was pretty much made for him.
"I've asked myself that question quite a few times," Wilkinson said. "But I never would have left Newcastle had it not been for the fact that they pretty much told me to go, that they were better off without me from a financial point of view. I'd never have gone otherwise. But had I not experienced what I have here in France, I would have had regrets. It's been good for me."
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