Jonny Wilkinson boost for England: Fly-half ready for action after rapid recovery

By Chris Foy for the Daily Mail

Jonny Wilkinson revealed that he has made a rapid recovery from his latest injury and is impatiently awaiting clearance to resume training.

The 31-year-old fly-half is back in Australia on official business for the first time since landing the drop goal which clinched the World Cup in 2003. 

Awaiting the call: England's Jonny Wilkinson

Awaiting the call: England's Jonny Wilkinson

He and the rest of Martin Johnson's 44-man England squad are in Perth, preparing for their opening tour match against Australian Barbarians on Tuesday.

Wilkinson suffered muscle bruising and internal bleeding in Toulon's Amlin Challenge Cup final against Cardiff Blues but yesterday declared he was ready to start playing again.

'Injury-wise I'm fine,' he said. 'In terms of the rest of it, that's up to the physios and coaches. It's nice to feel ready to get on the training field at the same time as everyone else. I'm being held back by the physios now rather than anything else. I want to get back out there but they are telling me to take a few more days.'

South Africa last night launched a desperate late bid to secure the release of Butch James to face Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

The Springboks had conceded defeat in the latest club v country row by withdrawing the Bath stand-off but subsequently identified a loophole in the 31-year-old's contract at The Rec and were in talks with the IRB in the hope he would be allowed to play after all.

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