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What next for English rugby hero Johnny Wilkinson?

| 19.05.2014

Jonny Wilkinson will call time on his glittering rugby career at the end of the season and here at Ladbrokes News we have been asking what could be next for the man with the metronomic left boot.

The former England international, who made 91 appearances for his country, will hang up his boots after two final appearances for club side Toulon but speculation is rife as to whether the fly-half may swap the number 10 jersey for a tracksuit on the touchline.

Ladbrokes have priced the 34-year-old, who has been backed by former All Black Carl Hayman to become a successful coach, at 10/1 to become England head coach at some point in the future.

But if a future career as a coach in rugby is out of the question could Wilkinson be tempted by a stint in reality TV?

England’s leading Test points scorer is 33/1 to follow the likes of World Cup winning teammates Matt Dawson, Austin Healy and Ben Cohen in swapping Twickenham for the ballroom and take to the dance floor in the next series of Strictly Come Dancing.

He is the same price with the bookmaker to go down a different reality TV route and feature in either Celebrity Big Brother or head back to Australia to feature in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here within the next 12 months.

The former Newcastle Falcons star, who is most famous for kicking the winning drop goal as England beat Australia in Sydney to win the World Cup back in 2003, is 4/1 to be named a knight of the realm in the New Years Honours List (01/01/2015), while he is as short as 1/50 to be named Sir Jonny at any point in his lifetime.

But before Wilkinson makes a decision about his future plans he has the small matter of two important rugby matches – the Heineken Cup final and the Top 14 decider.

In the European Cup final it is sorcerer against apprentice as Wilkinson faces current England fly-half Owen Farrell as Toulon clash with Saracens at the Millennium Stadium.

Ladbrokes go 8/1 that Farrell, who has 259 Test points from 24 caps, goes on to break Wilkinson’s record of 1246 Test points. 

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Oliver Yew