Team try to tempt Jonny Wilkinson out of retirement

  • Lyon are reportedly trying to coax the World Cup winner back on a short-term contract
  • The Top 14 side are currently facing a relegation battle 
  • Wilkinson kicked England to their famous 2003 Rugby World Cup victory
French Top 14 club Lyon reportedly sounded out England rugby legend Jonny Wilkinson over a potential short-term move.

Injuries to Frédéric Michalak and Jacques-Louis Potgieter has left Lyon searching for an out-half, with former Wallaby Mike Harris their only available option.


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Wilkinson is no stranger to France, having guided Toulon to back to back European Cup titles.

Despite reports that Lyon were set to offer Wilkinson a deal that would have made him one of the league’s top earners, the former Toulon out-half has reportedly ‘politely refused’ the offer.

The French club nevertheless could come back with an even larger offer in the coming days.

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