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PODCAST – Churchill Cup ready for big kick-off

02 June 2011

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Churchill Cup captains Ed Fairhurst, Canada, Luke Narraway, England Saxons, Todd Clever, USA and Valerio Bernabo, Italy pose with the trophy

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This week's RFU Podcast previews the kick-off of the Churchill Cup, checks in with two of the young stars of the Aviva Premiership final, reviews the season for England Sevens and salutes an intrepid climber setting off up Mount Kilimanjaro.

Northampton hosts the opening matches in the Churchill Cup on Saturday in a double-header with Pool B rivals Italy A and Russia meeting at 2.30pm before England Saxons face the USA in Pool A at 5pm.

Saxons head coach Stuart Lancaster tells us what's at stake for the players defending the trophy and trying to catch the eye of Martin Johnson and captain Luke Narraway believes his side can entertain some passionate crowds this summer.

Young Harlequins hooker Joe Gray is set for an emotional return to his former club in England colours and USA captain Todd Clever weighs up the challenge facing the Eagles as they prepare for this year's World Cup.

Elsewhere teenage Saracens fly half Owen Farrell celebrates lifting the Aviva Premiership trophy while England scrum half Ben Youngs promises the Tigers will be back.

England Sevens head coach Ben Ryan reflects on the end of the HSBC Sevens World Series in which England finished third overall.

And former England prop David Barnes prepares for his ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro in the AXA Wealth Climb to raise money for Help For Heroes, the RFU Injured Players Foundation and the Rugby Players Association Benevolent Fund.

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