Jonny Wilkinson has admitted that he's willing to make himself available to the British and Irish Lions.

This sensational U-turn comes after he turned down a place in Warren Gatland's original squad last month due to club commitments with Toulon and and injury concerns.

However, the 34-year old has admitted that he'll be willing to link up with the Lions and gave Gatland a clear message.

He told reporters: “If Warren wants to call me about joining up with the Lions, I will happily have that conversation.

“The Lions did well on Saturday and I’m going to need a couple of days just to assess where I am. I don’t even know if Warren still wants me, but I certainly won’t rule anything out.”

The fly-half has been in fine form this season leading Toulon to Heineken Cup glory and was voted European Player of the Year. However, his season ended on a sour note on Saturday with a 19-14 loss to Castres in France’s Top 14 final.

The Lions have made a strong start to their tour and beat the Barbarians 59-8 in Hong Kong on Saturday.

However, the main talking point of the match was the clash between Saracens team-mates Owen Farrell and Schalk Brits. Farrell was the starting fly-half and is the man Wilkinson will be looking to replace.

Wilkinson is due to have a groin operation after their Top 14 defeat but still believes he can cope with the rigours of top-level rugby.

Meanwhile, the Lions have been boosted by news that skipper Sam Warbuton has recovered from his knee injury and will be fit the rest of the tour.

They continue their preparation for the first test on June 22 with a match against the Western Force in Perth on Wednesday.


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