Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jonny Will Be Back Better Than Ever

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jonny Will Be Back Better Than Ever

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Byline: By Nick Purewal

John fletcher admitted Jonny Wilkinson could be out for three months ( and then backed his star fly-half to come back better than ever, (writes Nick Purewal).

Falcons director of rugby Fletcher said injury only seems to make Wilkinson a better player each time he jumps off the treatment table on to the pitch.

He said: "Jonny will do what he is told to do and he will come back better than ever because that is what he does. He has been around the squad all week and he will just get on with it.

"He is 27 and he has got another five, six, seven years left at the top. Every time he comes back he is better than he was before the injury.

"And the best of Jonny is yet to be seen. Blackie (fitness coach Steve Black) has always said Jonny will reach his peak around 30 to 31 so he has got another five years of development to go before then. …

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