PHIL VICKERY is resigned to being without fellow World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson when he begins his reign as England's new rugby union captain.
Newcastle have virtually ruled Wilkinson out of the first RBS Six Nations match against Scotland next month.
He has not played for England since his heroics in the 2003 World Cup.
"We all want to see Jonny playing for England. I don't think there is a rugby supporter in England who doesn't want to see that," said Vickery, pictured above.
"If he's not involved in the game against Scotland it's disappointing, but it's what's right for Jonny.
"He's had a few setbacks and disappointments and we have to do whatever's right for him. He's a strong enough character to make that decision."
Patience has paid off for Vickery, who has returned from career-saving back surgery to be appointed as Martin Corry's replacement as England captain in the run up to this summer's World Cup finals in France by new coach Brian Ashton.
"When you have the low points it makes you realise just how much you love the game and how much you want to get back," he said.