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Boudjellal happy with Wilkinson signing
Published : 19 May 2009 11:27:00
Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal insists the recruitment of injury-prone England star Jonny Wilkinson from Newcastle is a gamble worth taking. Since dropping the goal that won England the World Cup in 2003, Wilkinson has been plagued by injury problems and he has not played since dislocating a kneecap on Newcastle duty at Gloucester last September. "If it doesn't work out, we'll put it down to a moment of folly," said Boudjellal, who has bankrolled Toulon for the past few years after making his fortune from the comic-book business. He added: "But who hasn't fantasised about a rugby player like Wilkinson, a great among the greats, a player who is out of this world?" Wilkinson has signed a two-year contract with Toulon and his sojourn to the French Riviera will provide him with a chance to kickstart his career. Fitness permitting, his competitive debut for Toulon will come on the weekend of August 15/16. "I spoke to him on the telephone," Philippe Saint-Andre, Toulon's new director of rugby, said. "He is going to take medical tests to be sure he will be at 100% for the start of the season."