In-form Wilko would be considered – Gatland
Fly-half Jonny Wilkinson could be in “contention” for a call up to the British Lions squad for their tour of Australia.
Wilkinson, who currently plays his rugby for French side Toulon, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for a coaching role with the Lions, but new coach Warren Gatland has hinted that the veteran could be called up in a playing role.
The fly-half retired from international rugby with England in December but Gatland insists if he is fit and in form then he would be considered as an option.
The Lions will face the Wallabies in three tests and play seven tour matches, including a warm-up game against the Barbarians in Hong Kong.
Wilkinson has featured in six Tests for the Lions after earning caps in 2001 and 2005.
“He’s still a fine player and only 33. That’s not old,” Gatland said.
“For me, everyone is in contention. The slate is clean for every player who wants to be considered.
“No one is ruled out or pencilled in.
“If you are playing well enough, then whoever it is – whether it is Jonny Wilkinson or whoever, it’s all about how players are performing for their clubs or countries.
“We’ve selected players who have been playing well just for their club sides and have done well for the Lions. They don’t have to be playing for their countries.”by: Oli Skehan, September 9, 2012