Wilko to miss Lions tour

Jonny Wilkinson will certainly miss the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa after his rehabilitation on his injured kneecap was put back a further two weeks.

The England flyhalf had hoped to return to action for Newcastle later this month, but according to reports in England he will now be left off the teamsheet for the Falcons’ next two matches, meaning he will not play before the Lions squad is announced on 21 April.

Lions head coach Ian McGeechan has maintained his selection policy will be based on form and not reputation, which seems to suggest the chances of Wilkinson featuring against the Boks in June are slim to none.