Wilkinson wins European Player of the Year

Toulon fly half Jonny Wilkinson has been named ERC European Player of the Year 2013 just one day after he won the Heineken Cup.

The prestigious award crowns an outstanding season for the out-half who led the French club to a dramatic Heineken Cup final victory over ASM Clermont Auvergne at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Wilkinson’s influence was all-pervasive during Toulon’s historic European season, but he played a key role in the knockout stage in particular kicking 56 points in the three matches to round off the successful campaign with a total of 108 points.

The 33-year-old was presented with his award, a specially struck gold medal, by ERC Chief Executive, Derek McGrath, at a ceremony in Dublin.”To receive an award of this importance towards the end of my career is really special. I feel privileged to have been nominated,” said Wilkinson.

Wilkinson follows in the footsteps of the Leinster Rugby duo of Rob Kearney and Sean O’Brien who were winners of the highest individual accolade in northern hemisphere rugby in 2012 and 2011 respectively.

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