England lock Courtney Lawes says he is excited to get back to top form after a spate of injuries that have impacted on his recent career.
Lawes, famous for his bone-crunching tackles, looked set to miss the opening November Tests with a knee injury but has since recovered.
“I’ve not been very lucky with my injuries, especially last season,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
“I had three six-week injuries so I just wanted to stay fit for a significant amount of time, enough time to get my form back.
“That was my main goal and I’m certainly on my way. I’m not there yet, but I’m on my way to getting back to the sort of form that I’m used to.”
Lawes said that England head coach Eddie Jones has stressed that he wants him to carry and dominate the contact area like he used to.
“I dropped off with my carrying. When I was younger I used to carry way more than I had the previous season, so Eddie was hot on me for my carrying and getting around the park and making a big impact,” Lawes said.
“It’s a confidence thing. You get used to carrying and if you stop carrying, you get used to not carrying, so it’s about retraining your brain, getting used to patterns around the park and how you can get your hands on the ball.”