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Wilkinson has resurrected his career in France with big-spending Toulon and in Sunday’s Heineken Cup semi-final against Saracens the veteran stole the show, scoring all of his side’s 24 points.
In the process he eclipsed the performance of England’s current No.1 fly-half Owen Farrell of Saracens, who is also a rival for the Lions No.10 jersey.
Ireland fly-half Jonny Sexton seems certain to tour Australia this summer as the premier outside-half but Lions boss Warren Gatland seems as though he has a decision to make over whether to take Toby Flood, Wilkinson, Farrell or Wales’ Dan Biggar as the back-up men.
There’s no doubting Wilkinson has inflicted some high-profile defeats on Australia during his illustrious career – but will Gatland be tempted by the veteran.
In 2005 Sir Clive Woodward took a clutch of his retired World Cup winners on the Lions tour to New Zealand – the likes of Neil Back and Lawrence Dallaglio – and the move backfired horribly with a 3-0 Series defeat.
"Young players like Farrell, Toby Flood, Wales' Dan Biggar and Ireland's Jonny Sexton are taking rugby forward. It's their era," said the 33-year-old.
"I want those guys to experience that because they deserve it. I'm digging my fingernails in and hanging on really, and watching these guys is what it's all about."