Jonny Wilkinson ends career on winning note

Basingstoke Gazette: Jonny Wilkinson Jonny Wilkinson

JONNY Wilkinson ended his glittering career in fine style as he helped Toulon to victory in the Top 14 final in Paris.

The former Lord Wandsworth college pupil signed off with a trademark kicking display, as he landed all but three of Toulon's points as they beat Castres 18-10.

The 35-year-old kicked four penalties and a drop-goal reminiscent of his winning kick against Australia to win England the World Cup in 2003.

Wilkinson opened the scoring with an eighth-minute penalty but Castres responded through Max Evans with the game's only try.

Rory Kockott converted, and also scored a penalty between two Wilkinson penalties.

However, Wilkinson's drop goal gave Toulon a 12-10 half-time lead, and he and fellow England international Delon Armitage landed successful kicks after the break to confirm victory.

The previous week, Wilkinson also led Toulon to the Heineken Cup after a 23-6 final win over Saracens.

Wilkinson capped 91 times for England during his 17-year career, will now join the coaching staff at Toulon.

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