- Monye's form can't be ignored says Farrell
- Farrell happy to have back line options ahead of the QBE Internationals
Ugo Monye’s desire to return to the pinnacle of rugby is the driving force behind his promotion to the England squad for the QBE Internationals, according to Backs Coach Andy Farrell.
The Harlequins wing has been promoted from the Saxons Elite Playing Squad in place of Northampton Saints’ Ben Foden, whose damaged ankle ligaments have ruled him out of the autumn games against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham.
Monye, a 2009 British and Irish Lion who last played for England against Scotland in the 2010 RBS 6 Nations, has scorched to four tries in six games this season, club form the England coaches have been unable to ignore.
Also suggesting that the 29-year-old has been working on goals established in conjunction with club and country, Farrell said: “Ugo’s appetite for work and his appetite to get himself involved in games has impressed me.
“He looks like he’s a man on a bit of a mission at the moment. By his own accounts he’s missed international football and he wants to get back in there and be part of it.
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“He had a taste in the summer in South Africa but unfortunately he got injured in a midweek game and wasn’t available for the Tests matches. He’s had a bit of a refocus in pre-season and had a chat with us at the Loughborough camp in August and with his coaches at Quins and set a few goals for himself – you can see that in his performances.”
Total trust in the back-line options
With the 15 backs relatively injury free, the selection of the backs was widely predicted as England keep faith with those players chosen in the Senior Elite Player Squad in July.
With the England back relatively injury free Farrell, who became a permanent member of Lancaster’s coaching team in July, explained how he will now concentrate on selecting the best combinations for in each game.
Using the examples of the back-three players and centres at his disposal, he added: “Mike Brown plays differently to Alex Goode and similarly Chris Ashton plays differently to Charlie Sharples. It is about combinations: how your 10, 12, 13 works, how your full back complements that or what type of a dynamic player you need.
“The trust is there in all five centres [Anthony Allen, Brad Barritt, Jonathan Joseph, Manu Tuilagi, Jordan Turner-Hall] and you would think with the mouth-watering challenges of the four games that are coming up we’d use quite a number of players. I’m sure that everyone would give a good account of themselves and show what they are about on the international scene.”