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PODCAST - Shaw thing for England

20 November 2009

  • Pain of sitting on sidelines is over for England veteran
  • Women’s team’s star flanker on facing the Black Ferns
Simon Shaw of England tries to break through the Australian defence

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Simon Shaw returns to the international stage to take on the All Blacks in the Investec Challenge series, and the Wasps lock told this week's RFU.com podcast that he is relishing his comback and the chance to win his 53rd cap at the age of 36.

“I had lots of fun on the Lions tour and I can’t wait to get back to playing international rugby,” Shaw told this week’s rfu.com podcast.

Shaw is one of three changes to the starting line-up for Saturday along with his London Wasps teammate Joe Worsley and Biarritz centre Ayoola Erinle. There is a positional switch at full back with Mark Cueto trading places with Ugo Monye.

“It’s been painful sitting on the sidelines watching for Wasps and for England, so I’m just happy to be back,” added Shaw.

“This is the opportunity to show what we are capable of. These players do it week-in and week-out for their clubs and now we need to go out there and do it in an England shirt.”

To hear the interview in full and the rest of the RFU.com podcast, right click on the link and select 'save as' to download the November 19 2009 podcast or subscribe via iTunes by pasting the following url into the subscribe page http://www.rfu.com/podcast/subscribe/podcast.xml.

Also in this week’s rfu.com podcast:

Ayoola Erinle and Joe Worsley talk about their call-ups to face the All Blacks.

England women’s flanker Maggie Alphonsi also shares her thoughts on preparing to face the Black Ferns in the second game of this weekend's unique double-header at Twickenham on Saturday (4.45pm). Entry to watch the England Women take on New Zealand is free from 4.15pm.