- England flanker Tom Wood talks to RFU.com
- It’s an exciting time for English rugby – Wood
England and Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood is “really disappointed” about missing out on his country’s RBS 6 Nations opener against Scotland on February 4, but says that the small term blip is the price to pay for long term fitness.
Wood, 25, has been touted by pundits as a potential leader for Stuart Lancaster’s new look England squad, and the former Worcester Warriors man says that it’s an exciting time to be an England player, with next week’s camp in Leeds just around the corner.
“It’s important for the injured guys to be up in Leeds so that we’re all on the same page from day one,” he said. “I’ll enjoy meeting all of the other lads and feeling part of it, it’s an exciting time for English rugby, we’ve got a few wrongs to right and there a lot of opportunities to be had for the new guys.”
Wood sustained the injury to the ball of his left foot in training with Saints, and England doctors told him on Wednesday morning that the damage would require a sustained period of recovery in a protective boot.
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On the injury he said: “I felt like I was making progress and hadn’t quite braced myself for the news from the specialist, Obviously I'm really disappointed but it’s not the end of the world and it’s important to take the appropriate course of action now to avoid and complications down the line.”
Wood was at Twickenham to launch this year’s RBS RugbyForce, a community volunteer programme that supports grassroots rugby clubs to improve their facilities and build for their future.
The programme culminates in the RBS RugbyForce weekend on 2-3 June, when friends, family, club members and the local community are encouraged to come together to give the club a make-over in advance of the forthcoming season.
For the first time clubs who register for RBS RugbyForce, in advance of England’s two home fixtures, will have their name prominently displayed on a step in the Stadium.
To see your club named at the Home of England Rugby and to be in with a chance of winning an enhanced support package worth £5,000 register at www.rbs.com/rugbyforce before 17:00 on Friday 23 March 2012.
The first 25 English clubs to enter will also receive support packages to the value of £250, T-shirts for up to 50 volunteers and promotional Posters, an event banner, and a commemorative RBS RugbyForce Plaque.