Wilkinson to be knighted in New Year’s Honours

England Rugby World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson has been tipped to be knighted in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list after finishing his 17-year rugby career.

The former England flyhalf retired from playing rugby in 2014 having won the Heineken Cup for a second year and winning the Top14 title with his French club Toulon.

Wilkinson was awarded an OBE in the 2004 New Year’s Honours list after kicking the drop goal that helped England to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

Thirty-five-year-old Wilkinson has been living in France since 2009 when he left Newcastle Falcons to join Toulon and he been involved in charity work in Britain and France.

Wilkinson’s England career was blighted by injuries but he still managed to win 91 caps for England between 1998 and 2011 and scored 1179 points making him the world’s leading point scorer at the time.

The England flyhalf also went on two British and Irish Lions tours and was the 2003 international player of the year.

With England he won the Six Nations (including a Grand Slam), the Rugby World Cup and with Newcastle he won an English club title.

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