Wilkinson set for French fling

Big spending French club Toulon are likely to secure the services of England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson next week.

The English media are reporting that Wilkinson will make the move, report to be worth around R11 million a year, following Toulon’s victory over Dax at the weekend which secures their place in the Top 14.

The fact that his current club Newcastle have announced the signing of Blues flyhalf Jimmy Gopperth seems to further confirm that Wilkinson is on his way out.

The Guardian reports that Wilkinson, who has only recently started training after dislocating his knee in September 2008, passed a medical in Toulon last week.

Wilkinson will join Springbok flanker and Toulon captain Joe van Niekerk as well as All Blacks legend Tana Umaga, who takes up a managerial role next season, in the south of France. He won’t, however, link with the rampaging All Blacks flank Jerry Collins, after Toulon announced he would join Welsh club Ospreys for the 2009/10 season.