England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson has signed a new two-year contract that will keep him at Toulon until the summer of 2013, the French Top 14 club have confirmed.
The 31-year-old had been widely expected to extend his stay in the south of France after making a major impact following his move from Newcastle in the summer of 2009.
However, the decision puts him at odds with the Rugby Football Union's stance that England will not pick players plying their trade overseas following the 2011 World Cup.
Wilkinson scored 302 points during his first season with Toulon, taking Philippe Saint-Andre's side to the final of the Amlin Challenge Cup and this year helped the French side to the top of a testing Heineken Cup pool which includes Munster, Ospreys and London Irish.
While he has flourished in France, Wilkinson has dropped to second-choice behind Toby Flood in the England pecking order.