- London Irish wing “over the moon” about Test debut
- “I still feel fresh and I just want to make everybody proud” – Yarde
Marland Yarde is elated that his excellent domestic season has been rewarded with a senior international debut against Argentina on Saturday in Buenos Aires, but also knows that this next challenge will be the biggest by far.
The London Irish wing joins an extremely pacey backline, which features the likes of former England Under 20s teammate Christian Wade on the opposite flank and Kyle Eastmond of Bath Rugby at inside centre.
And after being given the nod to take over from Saracen David Strettle in the number 11 shirt, Yarde is eager to introduce himself to the Test arena in style.
“I’m over the moon,” said the 21 year-old, who returned seven tries in 24 games across all competitions for the Exiles on the way to a Supporters’ Club’s Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year double.
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“I can’t wait to get onto the field on Saturday. It’s an opportunity I’ve been waiting for all season and I’m really excited.
“I was told just before training on Tuesday and I took that into the session. It has brought back memories of all the hard work I have done over the season.”
Crediting his club colleagues for their improved efforts over the second half of the Aviva Premiership campaign, Yarde also outlined the support of his St Lucian family – some of whom might well be tuning in to the series finale from the Caribbean.
But the latest man to be capped under Stuart Lancaster finished with his focus firmly on the weekend, and a chance to help England secure a second successive win over the Pumas.
“It may be the last [game of the season] but it’s certainly one of the most important ones,” added Yarde.
“I still feel fresh and just as excited as I have been about any game. I just want to make everybody that has put me in this position proud.”