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RFU Podcast – Old Scouts Lawes and Thompson prepares for the Wallabies

06 November 2009

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  • Former Northampton Old Scouts Lawes and Thompson prepare to take on Australia

Northampton lock Courtney Lawes, 20, is set for his England debut from the bench against Australia

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Courtney Lawes and Steve Thompson will be on parade at Twickenham on Saturday as a testament to Northampton Old Scouts.

Lawes follows Thompson and Ben Cohen as the latest to come out of the Scouts club founded in 1926 around a camp fire at Castle Ashby.

Thompson said: "A couple of the guys down at Old Scouts have said congratulations and 'look after him'. With someone like Courtney it's so exciting – he is so athletic and he's only 20 – so I'm really looking forward to it."

Lawes, a 6ft 7ins, 17st 4lbs former basketball player who only took up rugby in his mid-teens, said: "I spoke to my old coach Chris Parr and he is really excited and very proud. There's bound to be a few nerves but luckily I'm not a massively nervous person so hopefully I can take it all in and keep focused on the game."

As for Thompson himself, the white shirt was always a target when he returned to playing with CA Brive after a neck injury which he thought had ended his career.

"There was no way I was going to come back and think I wasn't going to play for England. You either come back and try and be better than you were before – otherwise there is no point in doing it," said the 31-year-old.

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Also on this week's podcast:

  • Jonny's back – the 2009 version
  • Matt Giteau and Robbie Deans on Wilkinson
  • Martin Johnson on the new-look Australia