Wilko’s waiting game

Jonny Wilkinson is extremely doubtful for England’s opening Six Nations clash against Scotland.

The 27-year-old Newcastle Falcons flyhalf was named in England’s 33-man Six Nations squad on Tuesday, but Steve Black said it was unlikely the flyhalf would be fit.

“I don’t think Jonny will be ready for the Scotland game [on February 3],” Newcastle fitness coach Steve Black told BBC Sport.

“It would be foolhardy to rush him back. He needs time to adjust to the playing environment. We need to get him back on to the field for Newcastle.”

Wilkinson has not played for his club since suffering a lacerated kidney on 3 November against Bristol.