Johnson must pick Wilkinson: Eddie Jones

Former Australia coach and now Saracens boss Eddie Jones has urged Martin Johnson to keep Jonny Wilkinson as his No.10 for the autumn internationals.


Former England star Jeremy Guscott said last week that he expected Martin Johnson to select Toby Flood ahead of Wilkinson as he said that Wilkinson’s time with England was over.


England face the daunting task of playing New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and the Pacific Islands at Twickenham during November.


The Former Wallabies mentor Jones, who’s Saracens side crushed (44-14) Jonny Wilkinson’s Newcastle on Sunday, says that the World Cup winning Wilkinson should get the nod, with Danny Cipriani at full-back.


“England have got a lot of young blokes like Cipriani coming through and they are pretty handy to have. But I think if you are going into a Test match and you want to win it, you will be picking Wilkinson at 10.” Jones told the Sunday Mirror.


“At this stage Cipriani is a pretty good full-back and the ability of those two to interchange at flyhalf in a game would be pretty dangerous.


“Wilkinson has had a lot of injuries but he keeps bouncing back and playing with the same enthusiasm he had when he first played for England back in 1998.


Speaking ahead of yesterday’s Guinness Premiership clash Jones said about Wilkinson, “I hope he forgets his boots this weekend because he is worth 15 points a game.”


Wilkinson failed to score 15 points in the clash but scored the Falcons’ first try and slotted two conversions for a personal tally of 9 points.

 

Rugbyweek.com

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