Reports suggest that Top 14 side Toulon are seeking permission to retire Jonny Wilkinson’s number 10 shirt.
Wilkinson announced on Monday that he will retire from professional rugby at the end of the season. The 2013 ERC European Player of the Year will be looking to finish his career on a high as his club hope to retain the Heineken Cup and triumph in the Top 14 finals.
The world cup-winning former England fly half joined the French club in 2009 and played a pivotal role in the club’s successful Heineken Cup campaign last year. Wilkinson famously turned down a place in the British and Irish Lions squad to play in last year’s final, where he scored 11 of his team’s points in their 16-15 win over Clermont Auvergne.
There is speculation that Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal will write to the Ligue Nationale de Rugby requesting to retire the number 10 jersey to honour Wilkinson’s contribution to the club.
It is unknown what number future Toulon fly halfs would wear instead of the traditional number 10 but the likelihood is the request will not be accepted by the LNR.