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Warren Gatland rules out new approach to Johnny Wilkinson

Updated: Monday, 20 May 2013 14:51 | Comments

Jonny Wilkinson was named European player of the year yesterday
Jonny Wilkinson was named European player of the year yesterday

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has ruled out making another offer to Jonny Wilkinson to join the forthcoming tour to Australia.

Wilkinson was crowned European player of the year yesterday, less than 24 hours after steering Toulon to victory over Clermont Auvergne in the final of the Heineken Cup.

The 33-year-old was asked to tour by Gatland before the 37-strong squad was announced on April 30, but he rejected the opportunity due to his commitments at Toulon and deteriorating fitness.

While Gatland confirmed that Wilkinson remains an option if either Jonathan Sexton or Owen Farrell are injured, he insists the fly-half's most recent heroics have failed to convince him another approach is necessary

"We've been through the conversation that we had with Jonny and nothing's changed on that," the Kiwi said.

"If we picked up an injury on tour then maybe there's a conversation to be had.

"Jonny's a good player, but we've had the conversation about him."

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