Lions tour: Warren Gatland rules out making another offer to Jonny Wilkinson

Last Updated: 20/05/13 11:05pm

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Lions coach Warren Gatland remains hopeful that Sean O'Brien will be fit for the tour of Australia.

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British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has ruled out making another offer to Jonny Wilkinson to join the forthcoming tour to Australia.

Wilkinson enjoyed a stellar weekend, being named European player of the year after helping Toulon edge out Clermont Auvergne in the final of the Heineken Cup.

While Gatland confirmed that Wilkinson remains an option if either the two named No 10s - Jonathan Sexton or Owen Farrell - are injured, he insists the weekend's events would have no bearing on his original decision.

"If we picked up an injury on tour then maybe there's a conversation to be had. Jonny's a good player, but we've had the conversation about him."
Warren Gatland

"We've been through the conversation that we had with Jonny and nothing's changed on that," said Gatland.

"If we picked up an injury on tour then maybe there's a conversation to be had. Jonny's a good player, but we've had the conversation about him."

Meanwhile, Gatland expects Leinster duo Brian O'Driscoll and Sean O'Brien to be on board next Monday's flight to Hong Kong, where the tour opens against the Barbarians on June 1.

O'Driscoll is expected to play in this weekend's Celtic League final against Ulster as he continues his recovery from a back spasm while O'Brien picked up a knee injury in the European Challenge Cup final.

"Sean has been looked at by the medics and hopefully he'll spend this week with us," said Gatland.

"He has a bit of bone bruising, but it was more positive than first thought. Brian is hoping to be fit to play this weekend. He's on his feet again.

"We've been quite lucky so far. Fingers crossed that after the two finals the boys will turn up on Sunday and fly out on Monday."

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