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PODCAST – Getting better and better with each session, says Lawes

28 July 2011

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  • We hear from Lawes, Care, Waldrom, Sharples in the England camp
England's Courtney Lawes goes up for a line out

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With competition for places in England’s World Cup squad fierce, England lock Courtney Lawes says that the group are getting better with each session.

The 6’7’’ Northampton Saints enforcer was at the fulcrum of England’s success during the 2010 Investec Internationals, producing several impressive performances that resulted in the 22-year-old being named Man of the Series, and he is relishing the excitement of being in camp.

He said: “It’s all going really well, we seem to be getting better with each training session which is what you want in the lead up to the World Cup. It’s great to be with all the boys, but we have 45 players here at the moment and only 30 players will be on that plane.

“It would be incredible to go, but first and foremost I need to concentrate on performing in training and making the most of my opportunities as and when they come about.”

Injury prior to this season’s RBS 6 Nations resulted in Lawes missing out of England’s first tournament win since 2003, something that frustrated the 22-year-old.

He added: “It was so frustrating missing the 6 Nations, particularly as I was fit for the last two games, but the lads were winning and that’s what matters.  I came back and played well for Saints towards the end of the season though which will hopefully bode well during these training camps.”

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Also on this week’s Podcast:

  • Question Courtney – Find out who Lawes prefers out of Chris Ashton and Dylan Hartley as he answers our Twitter followers questions
  • Care fully focussed – England scrum half Danny Care says that he is focussed on fighting for that that starting No. 9 berth ahead of the World Cup
  • Words from Waldrom – Rugby Players Association player of the year explains what it’s like being a new man in the England World Cup training camp
Charlie Sharples in training with England

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  • Feeling Sharp – Gloucester speedster Charlie Sharples says that he has enjoyed being away from home for so long, as he has been with the England Saxons and now training in the RWC squad
  • Street ahead – We hear from England Women’s boss Gary Street who gives us the low down on the squad as they head over to Canada for this season’s Nations Cup
  • Short stuff – Sarries wing James Short talks us through the second round of matches of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series, we also hear from teammate Chris Wyles