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Scarlets No.8 Morgan opts for England

03 January 2012

  • Scarlets No.8 Ben Morgan opts to make himself available for England
  • I’m English and as a youngster I always dreamt of playing for England – Morgan
Scarlets No.8 Ben Morgan, who has pledged his future to England

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Scarlets No. 8 Ben Morgan has revealed his intention to make himself available for selection for England, the country of his birth.

The 22-year-old Bristol-born forward said he had thought ‘long and hard’ about his decision after both England and Wales had followed the Scarlets forward’s progress.

Morgan, who started his career at Dursley RFC in Gloucestershire before joining Merythr Tydfil and then the Welsh region, said: "I feel privileged and honoured that both Wales and England have been following me and it has taken me a while to come to this decision.

"But I’m English, I grew up supporting England and as a youngster I always dreamt of playing for England. Ultimately, if given the opportunity I want to try and take things forward.

"It’s not about where I see myself in any squad but about putting my name forward and keeping my head down and playing. If I am lucky to be named in any England squad then fantastic but if not then I will knuckle down and work hard to get myself in a position where I will be."

Scarlets No.8 Ben Morgan on a typically strong run against Northampton Saints during the Heineken Cup

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Morgan joined Scarlets in 2009 and added: "I’m eternally grateful to Scarlets because I wouldn’t even be talking about this if it hadn’t been for them giving me a chance. I joined them three seasons ago, initialy trying to improve my shape and fitness thanks to the conditioning staff of Brad Harrington and Ryan Campbell, who have worked tirelessley for the first two years to get me into a position where I can get on the field.

"Nigel Davies is a great coach and has been really honest with me and having Simon Easterby, Mark Jones and Vernon Cooper in  the coaching set up so fresh from playing is great as they bring a real energy to things. I want to carry on doing the best I can for Scarlets and anything beyond that will hopefully follow."