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PODCAST – Stevens puts hand up for RWC selection

16 June 2011

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Saracens prop Matt Stevens calls for possession during an England Saxons training session

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This week’s podcast reports from inside the England Saxons camp – where Matt Stevens is preparing for the Churchill Cup final against Canada – and from the England Under 20 players at the IRB Junior World Championship in Italy.

Stevens, an Aviva Premiership winner with Saracens this season, helped the Saxons demolish the Tonga scrum and earn three penalty tries in last weekend’s 41-14 victory.

But as well as singing the praises of his tight five teammates, he chooses to highlight the young backline that will be the Saxons’ cutting edge.

“We’re very lucky because we have some experience in the likes of Topsy Ojo but also some real bright sparks. [Gloucester centre] Henry Trinder has played superbly and we’ve got a bit of dynamism there. I’m hoping for another big performance and for people to keep on putting their hands up for England.”

We also hear from two of the Saxons young guns, Leicester Tigers centre Billy Twelvetrees and Worcester Warriors lock Graham Kitchener.

Another Worcester player – flanker Matt Kvesic – led England U20 to their 39-18 win against Scotland in round two of the Junior World Championship.

Kvesic, hat-trick hero Christian Wade (London Wasps) and Owen Farrell (Saracens) all give their assessment of the performance and look forward to Saturday’s group decider against South Africa in Padova.

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