Wilkinson to be cast in gold if Toulon clinch the Heineken Cup

WORLD Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson is held in such high-esteem by Toulon fans he will be immortalized in the city if he inspires them to Heineken Cup glory against Clermont, according to team-mate Simon Shaw.

Wilkinson kicked all 24 points in the semi-final win over Saracens and Shaw says the fly-half, 33, can help Toulon to glory in Dublin.

He said: “If we do win something he’s going to be a hero forever.

“I was talking to some of the locals the other day and they were talking about statues in the port and all sorts.”

Tonight, meanwhile, Leinster take on Stade Francais in the Amlin Challenge Cup final without the injured Brian O’Driscoll, however the Irish centre has signed a one-year contract extension.

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