Heineken Cup 2014: Toulon captain Jonny Wilkinson fit to face Munster
Heineken Cup 2014: Toulon captain Jonny Wilkinson is fit to face Munster in their semi-final clash on Sunday
Jonny Wilkinson is fit to start Sunday’s semi-final against Munster, Toulon have confirmed.
The former England international Wilkinson limped off in the first half of 29-14 quarter-final victory over Leinster earlier this month with a hamstring injury, leaving centre Matt Giteau to switch to outside-half.
But the goal-kicking machine has been declared ready to captain the defending champions at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille.
“Wilkinson is ready,” said Toulon head coach Bernard Laporte. “He trained on Tuesday for I don’t know how many hours, but a fair few. So it seems that all is well.”
The Top14 leaders are also boosted by the return to fitness of South African wing Bryan Habana, who has struggled with injuries since arriving in the south of France at the start of the season.
The 2007 Rugby World Cup winner spent four months on the sidelines with a hamstring problem, but sat out last weekend’s Top14 win over Perpignan with tendonitis.
Habana is expected to start Sunday’s match on the bench for the star-studded champions behind two of Drew Mitchell, Rudi Wulf and David Smith, but the former Stormer is confident of getting some game time.
“Playing a part in a Heineken Cup semi-final would be pretty special,” said Habana.
“Playing against a team that I have not played against before in my career, it would definitely rank up there in some of the moments I’m definitely going to savour when I look back on my career.”