Heineken Cup: Toulon duo say Jonny Wilkinson will be key to success against Clermont

Last Updated: 16/05/13 11:45am

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Simon Shaw and Andrew Sheridan both agree that former England team-mate Jonny Wilkinson will be Toulon's key man in Saturday's Heineken Cup final against Clermont.

The 33-year-old, who famously kicked the winning drop goal against Australia in the 2003 World Cup, has been instrumental for the Top 14 club in Europe this season.

He kicked all 24 points in Toulon's semi-final success against Saracens at Twickenham and Shaw thinks fans could go the extra mile in honouring Wilkinson if they come out on top against Clermont on Saturday.

"There's not enough words to describe how much he means to Toulon and the fans," Shaw told Sky Sports.

"I was talking to some locals the other day they are talking about statues in the port and allsorts. Can you imagine if we do win something he's going to be a hero forever more."

Sheridan fully expects Wilkinson to shine on centre stage this weekend, saying: "He's delivered on countless occasions and the fans love him."


Sheridan, Shaw and Wilkinson are three of a number of Englishmen with the French club along with the likes of Nick Kennedy and the Armitage brothers Steffon and Delon.

"There's not enough words to describe how much he means to Toulon and the fans."
Shaw on Wilkinson

Despite the influx of foreign talent at Toulon, Sheridan insists the players will be giving their all in the quest for success at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

"We're proud to be playing for a club like Toulon with great supporters. They are desperate for a bit of silverware. It would be great for the whole town if we could get a win."

Shaw helped Wasps win the Heineken Cup in 2007 and says it would be 'unbelievable' to repeat the triumph.

"It would be fantastic to do it again. It would be unbelievable. This town is all about the rugby club," he concluded.

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