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Foden inspiration for U20 star Ransom

14 December 2010

  • Foden sets the standard for England U20 full back Ben Ransom
  • I can draw similarities with my own game – Ransom

England and Northampton Saints full back Ben Foden on the run against Samoa in the 2010 Investec International

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England Under 20 full back Ben Ransom says that Ben Foden’s form at No. 15 for the Senior squad has been inspirational, and hopes to one day emulate his running rugby on the international stage.

Northampton Saints full back Foden attracted rave reviews for his attacking play from deep during the four Investec Internationals against New Zealand, Australia, Samoa and South Africa, a point emphasised by the 18-year-old.

"He’s certainly the type of player I admire," said Ransom. "I thought he was superb throughout the Investec Internationals. He likes to run it, keep the ball in hand and just charge at the opposition – I can certainly draw a few similarities with my own game there.

"It’s much more exciting to watch, and much more exciting to play. He has achieved masses of success with Sale, Northampton and now England so of course that’s the sort of position I’d like to be in one day."

Ransom is currently on loan from Saracens to National League 1 South side Blackheath, although he was recalled by the Aviva Premiership club for their LV= Cup fixtures in November.

The youngster started in six consecutive victories for the England Under 18 side last season and is delighted with his start to this season so far, which has included a week-long training camp with the U20 side in Portugal.

Lots of rugby this season for Ransom

Saracens and England U20 full back Ben Ransom in action for England U18 against Australia

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"I’ve actually played quite a lot of rugby this season and that has been great," he said. "I enjoyed a really good week training over in Portugal. We managed to cover a lot of ground and even snuck another day in over there due to a Spanish air strike, which was a bonus.

"The trip was exactly what we needed as a team – I won’t pretend it was easy, no one likes getting up at 7.15 in the morning to do a fitness test, but we really bonded and nailed some of our plays ahead of what will no doubt be another tough season.”

Having come through the England ranks – representing both the U16 and U18 sides – Ransom is reunited with several of his U18 team mates and believes the understanding he shares with those players should stand Rob Hunter’s side in good stead.

He added: "The likes of George FordElliot Daly and Matt Kvesic have all come through with me and that can only be a good thing. The team’s looking good – quite a few players are getting first team experience with their respective clubs and in my eyes that’s a massive positive.

"The 6 Nations aren’t a million miles away and we need to make sure that we’re ready for that first match against Wales. I can’t wait for it."