Wilkinson named in Top 14 Dream Team
December 27, 2010
Jonny Wilkinson has been in impressive form for Toulon since returning from a shoulder injury © Getty Images
Jonny Wilkinson has been recognised as the top fly-half in French rugby after making the Top 14 mid-season dream team.
The England and Toulon No.10 is named alongside former Leeds second-row Erik Lund, who now plays for Biarritz, in the XV selected by French paper Midi Olympique to mark the midway point of the season.
Wilkinson, who is the second highest points scorer in Test history, has been in impressive form for Toulon this season, especially after returning from a shoulder injury that kept him out of England's autumn internationals against New Zealand, Australia, Samoa and South Africa.
Toulouse, the form team in the Top 14, lead the way with four representatives including Yannick Jauzion, Maxime Médard, Cencus Johnston and William Servat. Reigning Champions Clermont Auvergne, who are currently struggling in seventh, have no players in the side.
Former Leeds and Leicester centre Seru Rabeni has also been included in the XV at outside centre after a successful switch to La Rochelle.
The Midi Olympique Dream Team: Romain Teulet (Castres), Yoann Huget (Bayonne), Seru Rabeni (La Rochelle), Yannick Jauzion (Toulouse), Maxime Médard (Toulouse), Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon), Dimitri Yachvili (Biarritz), Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing Metro), William Servat (Toulouse), Cencus Johnston (Toulouse), Erik Lund (Biarritz), Pascal Pape (Stade Francais), Gerhard Vosloo (Brive), Mamuka Gorgodze (Montpellier), Chris Masoe (Castres)
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
"At the crux of this England team is a lack of fear, they are not afraid to throw playbooks out of the window." Tom Hamilton reports from Twickenham
"These little deft touches, the nuances O'Driscoll has perfected are what Ireland will miss most." Tom Hamilton on Brian O'Driscoll's final Test in Dublin
After Brian O'Driscoll's emotional final Ireland appearance on home soil, and seeing the Six Nations boil down to a three-horse race, we bring you the Weekend in PIctures
Last year's thrashing at the hands of Wales was not the first time England have fallen to their rivals. Scrum Sevens looks at whether they have bounced back the following year