Usually, big Rugby Union hits are delivered by the tackles, but in this case, it was the man with possession who delivered the pain. Opeti Fonua of Agen has often been described as a tank in human form, and Jonny Wilkinson of Toulon felt the full strength of the Tongan’s size, mass and momentum when he tried to tackle the big number 8.
Well, when elderly fly halfs try to tackle Number 8’s who should be playing in the back or second row, it doesn’t usually end well. Wilkisnon held the ground quite sturdily as Fonua came charging at him, but was simply blown away by the sheer force of the contact once the two collided.
The former England star left the field for a concussion check, but returned shortly afterwards. He lasted a few more minutes before leaving with an icepack on his shoulder, but Toulon, winning the game 43-21, assured Wilkinson will be fit for their next match.
Wilkinson was asked to be a part of the British & Irish Lions tour to Australia, but declined the proposition He’d rather focus on trying to win the top 14 with Toulon, who are lined up to play in the semifinalwhere they will face the winners of Toulouse vs Racing Metro, with the semifinals taking place on May 24th and 25th.