Keen to deflect praise away from himself after shining in Europe at the weekend, Wilkinson was quick to speak of his admiration for his rival, describing Farrell as "a great player, with a lot of talent" and stating that the new kid on the block is "someone who has a job to do, to lead his country and take rugby in England in the direction it needs to go".
The youngster has certainly started that journey having cemented his position as England's top 10 while also starring on the big stage for Sarries as they continue their march towards a first continental crown.
Wilkinson meanwhile has long since stepped back from the international scene but shows no signs of slowing down in his quest for Heineken Cup glory with Toulon after he guided them to a quarter-final victory over Leicester Tigers on Sunday afternoon.
Farrell was just five years old when Wilkinson made his Heineken Cup debut for Newcastle Falcons back in 1997 but, despite the 12-year age difference, the duo share remarkably similar records in Europe's premier club competition.
Here's how they compare…
Wilkinson has played 19 Heineken Cup games and is in his fourth season in the competition.
Farrell has played 18 Heineken Cup matches and is in his third season.
Wilkinson has scored 222 points.
Farrell has scored 219.
Wilkinson has an average of 11.68 points a game.
Farrell's average is 12.17 points a game.
Wilkinson kicked 21 points in his side's quarter-final win over Leicester.
Farrell kicked 17 points in his team's defeat of Ulster.
Farrell has scored 92 points in this season's Heineken Cup and is second in the 2012/13 scoring charts behind ASM Clermont Auvergne's Morgan Parra.
Wilkinson has tallied 73 points this term, leaving him a place below Farrell in joint third with Harlequins' Nick Evans.
Watching the pair take each other on at Twickenham is a mouthwatering prospect, particularly when the prize for the victor is a place in the Heineken Cup Final in Dublin.
Wilkinson admits Toulon face a tough task to see off the English league leaders on foreign soil but he wouldn't expect anything less for his first venture into the semi-finals.
"It's going to be a big occasion and we are kind of on their turf a bit over there," added Wilkinson.
"Saracens have done brilliantly and they're having a great season.
"There isn't a simple way because at this stage you play the best teams.
"We know that it's a hell of an ask, but you've got to give yourself a chance and work and work and build up to it."