Jonathan Sexton says he wanted to learn from Jonny Wilkinson on Lions tour
Last Updated: 14/05/13 9:43am
Leinster fly-half Jonny Sexton admits he was disappointed that Jonny Wilkinson was left out of the Lions squad for this summer's tour of Australia.
Wilkinson has been in superb form for Toulon this season and was asked by Lions coach Warren Gatland if he was available.
But England's 2003 World Cup hero chose to make himself unavailable, saying he needed to give his creaking body a rest after a gruelling season.
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Sexton will only face opposition from Owen Farrell for the fly-half berth, but would rather have the experience of Wilkinson alongside him in the squad.
"A lot of people have said to me that it is great he wasn't picked because it gives me a better chance now," he said.
"But I look at it the other way. I would have liked him to go and would have loved to have learned from him, he is a bit of a legend.
"I obviously looked up to him when I was 16 and he was winning the World Cup with England."
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Sexton will move to French Top 14 side Racing Metro following the Lions tour, after just under a decade turning out for his boyhood club.
He admits he may sneak in a few French lessons during his time away on tour and is feeling in good shape after an injury lay-off earlier this season gave him time to recuperate.
"Hopefully I've used up all of my injuries for the year over the past few months," he said.
"It feels strange to be so fresh at this time of the year - I feel I'm just starting after the fact I've had two months off and I have played four games since [returning from injury] means I feel great.
"I'm starting to get a bit of match fitness and sharpness back, so hopefully I will peak at the right time for the two finals with Leinster and then the tour."
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