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PODCAST – Stevens relishes front row competition

21 July 2011

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Matt Stevens in training with England

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England Seniors were back in training at Pennyhill Park this week as build-up towards the Rugby World Cup gathers momentum.

One man who would love to be on the plane to New Zealand, and complete a remarkable turnaround, is Saracens prop Matt Stevens.

The 28-year-old former British & Irish Lion is unbeaten in 19 games for club and country since returning to the game from his enforced ban, after guiding Sarries to their maiden Aviva Premiership trophy and England Saxons to a Churchill Cup victory in June.

Stevens said: “I’ve been lucky to be in teams with real pedigree since I’ve been back. If picked for the World Cup, then of course I want my unbeaten run to continue and help England go as far as possible.

"There’s a lot of competition for places in the front row, but that only makes the strength in depth better. Competition is everything – we all want to be better players.”

Also on this week’s Podcast:

Buzzing Banahan – England and Bath’s versatile back Matt Banahan reflects on an intense week of training with the Seniors and says that there’s a good buzz in the camp

Harry swotter – Retired England and Leicester scrum half Harry Ellis tells us about studying for his teaching degree at Loughborough University and his thoughts on England’s chances this Autumn

Wallace on 7s – London Wasps back Jack Wallace previews this week’s J.P. Morgan Rugby 7s as his side take on Gloucester, Saracens and Northampton at Franklins Gardens

Ryan reflects – England Sevens Head Coach Ben Ryan talks us through the positives of England’s FIRA European GP Sevens campaign

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