Eddie Jones is ready to talk with Jonny Wilkinson about going back to the scene of his finest hour this summer.
Less that 48 hours after England’s Grand Slam triumph in Paris, their head coach had already turned his attention to the future, including keeping the fly-half legend involved as a kicking guru.
This summer’s Test series in Australia is England’s next assignment, with the third and final match taking place in Sydney, where Wilkinson’s extra-time drop goal won the 2003 World Cup and propelled him to sporting immortality.
Wilkinson, 36, who lives near the national team’s Surrey HQ, has been helping out on an ad hoc basis after what Jones described as a chance meeting in the local supermarket. However, the man in charge has clearly been pleased with his impact, saying: ‘Jonny’s influence has been fantastic.
‘He comes in unheralded, does sessions with the boys here and there. He’s been a very positive influence on George (Ford) and Owen (Farrell). Mike Brown’s done a lot of work with him as well.’
Asked if Wilkinson could travel to Australia with England, Jones added: ‘I’ll catch up with him in the next couple of weeks and we’ll see.’
While kicking would remain his focus, Jones added: ‘He’s a specialist in that area. But the great thing about Jonny is he brings other things as well.’
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