Toulon move revitalises Wilkinson's international fortunes
26 October 2009 17:48pm
Jonny Wilkinsonhas been recalled to England's squad for their forthcoming Autummn matches after an impressive early season with Toulon.
Coach Martin Johnson has brought the World Cup winner back into his 32 man Senior EPS squad, captained by fellow Amlin Challenge Cup hopeful, Steve Borthwick.
Wilkinson has been invigorated since his summer move across the channel and has been a pivotal part of Toulon's season so far.
His appearances in the Amlin Challenge Cup have raised his profile sufficiently to win back his place in the English elite squad.
Wilkinson and Toulon will next march into European action with back to back matches with Rona.
After two wins from two games, should further victories be achieved then Tanu Ugama's team would have one foot in the quarter-finals of the competition.
And in a change to the structure of the tournament, the five Pool winners will be joined by three "best runners up" from the Heineken Cup.
England Senior EPS squad in full:
Steffon Armitage London Irish
David Barnes Bath Rugby
Duncan Bell Bath Rugby
Richard Blaze Leicester Tigers
Steve Borthwick (Captain) Saracens
George Chuter Leicester Tigers
Jordan Crane Leicester Tigers
Tom Croft Leicester Tigers
Louis Deacon Leicester Tigers
Dylan Hartley Northampton Saints
James Haskell Stade Francais
Ben Kay Leicester Tigers
Courtney Lawes Northampton Saints
Lewis Moody Leicester Tigers
Tim Payne London Wasps
Steve Thompson CA Brive
David Wilson Bath Rugby
Joe Worsley London Wasps
Matt Banahan Bath Rugby
Danny Care Harlequins
Mark Cueto Sale Sharks
Ben Foden Northampton Saints
Shane Geraghty Northampton Saints
Andy Goode CA Brive
Dan Hipkiss Leicester Tigers
Paul Hodgson London Irish
Ugo Monye Harlequins
David Strettle Harlequins
Mathew Tait Sale Sharks
Mike Tindall Gloucester Rugby
Richard Wigglesworth Sale Sharks
Jonny Wilkinson Toulon
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.