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VIDEO – Lawes ready for "biggest game of career"

06 October 2011

  • Courtney Lawes believes he has vital part to play on Saturday
  • Johno knows what he is doing, I have to live with it – Lawes

Despite being dropped to the replacements’ bench for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France this Saturday, Courtney Lawes still believes he has a vital part to play on Saturday in Auckland.

With Martin Johnson selecting Tom Palmer, man of the match the last time England faced Les Bleus back in February, at lock, Lawes has been sacrificed and will be among the substitutes. However, the 22 year-old does not seem too disgruntled.   

Courtney Lawes in training

Photo: Getty Images

“Johno knows what he is doing so I have to live with the decision and do my best when I get on the pitch,” said the young Northampton Saint, who started last weekend’s Pool B decider against Scotland.

“[The replacements] will all play a big part in the game and, depending on the match situation when we come on, we will need to make a difference. You need the full squad to perform at the World Cup.

“This is the biggest game of our lives for most of us,” he added. “We are buzzing.”

Lawes will win his 13th cap should he be required at any point of the Eden Park clash and, although he has yet to face the French in his short international career, was wary of the Gallic threat.

“I think they are dangerous,” he continued. “We can’t go out there expecting them to be a bit below par because they could shock everyone – they have that sort of flair. We have to be on the ball.”