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Wilko: It's been a pleasure

Jonny Wilkinson admits life without rugby is going to be a "shock" after he finished his stellar career by winning the Top 14 title.

England's 2003 World Cup hero retired from the game at the end of Toulon's 18-12 victory over Castres in the Top 14 final at the Stade de France.

The fly-half kicked 15 points to help Toulon win the top prize in French domestic rugby, just a week after they won the Heineken Cup for the second straight season.

It was a fairytale finale to Wilkinson's extraordinary career and admitted he was feeling emotional now that his playing days are over.

Wilkinson told France 2: "I've been here five years and it is impossible to put this feeling into words.

"All I can do is thank everyone in the group, the coaches, it's incredible to explain, it's just a pleasure.

"I'll keep following the Top 14 because it has changed my life.

"I've spent half my life with a ball, it's going to be a huge shock after rugby but I'll have a lot of good memories with the whole of the team here."

Wilkinson is yet to reveal his plans for the future, but he has been offered a coaching role by Toulon.