Rugby Union: Clive Woodward believes Jonny Wilkinson will be a great coach
World Cup-winning coach Clive Woodward has tipped Jonny Wilkinson to follow in his footsteps as a future coach.
Last Updated: 21/05/14 12:05pm
Woodward's comments came after the former England fly-half revealed he will retire from the game after Toulon's Heineken Cup final on Saturday.
It is widely believed the fly-half will take up a coaching role with Toulon, however he is also strongly linked to a post with England.
Wherever he ends up, Wilkinson's former coach believes he will be a great asset to any side.
"He'll be a great coach because he's got great communication skills, he'll be fantastic," Woodward told Sky Sports.
"From a playing point of view he set incredible standards, not only for young players but for everyone in the team. With England he took it to a whole new level.
"I think Jonny's got a lot more to offer rugby."
Martin Johnson was the last of England's 2003 World Cup-winning squad to take on the role of England head coach, despite Woodward advising that he learned the trade with Leicester first.
Johnson's tenure was not as successful as hoped, however Woodward believes Wilkinson will not rush into a national role.
'"I don't think he will jump into the top job," Woodward added.
"I think he's looking to get into the technical side of coaching, I don't see Jonny putting his hand up to be head coach of England, but you never know, he is a very talented guy."
Woodward handed Wilkinson his first cap in 1998, making him England's youngest ever player. He held the No 10 shirt for the majority of Woodward's reign, becoming a vital part of the 2003 World Cup-winning team.
"I hope the legacy doesn't finish," he said.
"I think all of us that were involved with him were just extremely lucky to have him in our team.
"He's an amazing guy from start to finish and he'll play well at the weekend for Toulon.
"Jonny's pretty ambitious and I think he's got a lot more to offer rugby."
Wilkinson will play his last match on Saturday against Saracens and will be hoping to lift Heineken Cup in Cardiff.