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PODCAST – Ashton and Cueto reflect on a job well done against Italy

17 February 2011

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  • Ashton, Cueto and Tindall reflect on the free-scoring win against Italy
Mike Tindall is cheered on by Shontayne Hape as he heads for the tryline against Italy

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After collectively adding 25 points to England’s 59-point tally in the victory over Italy at the weekend, it’s no surprise that England wings Chris Ashton and Mark Cueto can’t wipe the smiles off their faces.

The former touched down four times, taking his England record to nine Tests played, nine tries scored and while his swan-diving antics may have attracted the media attention, Northampton Saints man Ashton is just happy to be part of a winning side.

He said: “I had no intention of doing the dive again but there had been so much talk about it that I thought I’d just go with it. It was a great team performance and we did what we set out to do and I was just lucky enough to be on the end of a few balls before heading over.”

On the other wing, Sale Sharks’ Cueto went 18 games without touching down before his score against the Azzurri. So when he did finally cross the whitewash, he certainly knew about it, as he explained:

“It felt like the whole of Twickenham were diving on top of me when I went over. It was a nice moment and there was a little bit of relief to be honest. I feel like I’ve been playing great but ultimately you’re judged on your tries so it was good to go over.”

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Also on this week's podcast:

  • Tind’s joy – Skipper Mike Tindall is in no doubt that this England side will not get carried away with their recent successes
  • Haskell’s view – England flanker James Haskell explains why he’s looking forward to facing France when the two countries meet
  • Steep learning Corb – Debutant Alex Corbisiero tells that his late call up to replace Andrew Sheridan meant that there was no time for nerves
  • Super Rugby KO – SANZAR chief executive Greg Peters explains more about the new format of rugby in the southern hemisphere
  • Injury audit update – Head of RFU sports medicine Dr. Simon Kemp talks us through the findings of the latest injury audit
  • Smith’s recovery – Harlequins centre Ollie Smith gives his view on the injury audit as he battles back from reconstructive knee injury
  • Hanks departs – After parting company with London Wasps Director of Rugby Tony Hanks, CEO Chris Thomas says that the search for a replacement will be expansive
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