Fit-again Croft raring to go

Date published: September 2 2014

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Tom Croft says there will be no holding back when he starts the new campaign having completed a full pre-season with Leicester.

Tom Croft says there will be no holding back when he starts the new campaign having completed a full pre-season with Leicester.

The England and British Lions back row missed almost the entirety of last season with an ACL injury, having previously endured a long lay-off when he broke his neck in 2012.

But now that he is fit again, Croft is adamant that he will be giving it everything, and despite his injury history, he told the Times he will not be thinking about that when he's playing.

“If you try to bring that into your game and protect yourself then your game is going to change and you might as well as not play and you are more likely to injure yourself,” he told the Times.

“Every rugby player knows that rugby is a contact sport and there is always a chance that you might get an injury that will cause you to retire or plenty worse.

“Once you break your neck most things are fairly insignificant in terms of breakages.

“You want to be getting the glory and fixing things when you lose. It is just being out of the loop, which is the hardest thing when you're injured.”

“It is one of those things that I accept I have to look after myself now. I had a quick chat with Cockers [Richard Cockerill] and he told me I am getting old now, which was a nice boost on the first day of pre-season.

“It's about playing well for your club, playing well for your country in the autumn and Six Nations and then finishing off with your club. The World Cup is not even an issue at this stage.”

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