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Andrew won’t pressure Wilkinson

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Wilkinson, already a star in England prior to the RWC, has seen his star rise dramatically following the tournament and is easily rugby's biggest star, but Andrew is in no hurry for the 24-year-old to extend his contract.

"Jonny will either want to stay or he won't," said Andrew.

"He's only ever done one or two-year contracts and I wouldn't expect anything different.

"It goes without saying that we'd love him to stay here for the rest of his career. He'll make the decision for himself and we will support whatever decision he makes."

Meanwhile, Wilkinson could only look on as the Falcons slumped to a 23-20 defeat to London Wasps on Saturday in front of a sold-out Kingston Park.

The notoriously hard-working fly-half will not return to action until next week after Andrew gave him two weeks off to recover from a taxing RWC campaign in Australia.

While there was no Wilkinson on display in Newcastle, the club became the first in England to host the Webb Ellis Cup, as the Zurich Premiership enjoyed a 20 percent increase in ticket sales in the wake of England's RWC success.

"Throughout the World Cup, even without the star players, our attendances have remained similar to last year," said Chief Executive of Premiership Rugby Howard Thomas.

"So even if England had not won the World Cup, we would have been expecting improved attendances in the second half of the season.

"The euphoria of the World Cup win should ensure that is the case."


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