Morgan grateful ahead of comeback

Date published: August 11 2015

England number eight Ben Morgan admits he is eager to return to his best form when he runs out for his first game in seven months after injury.

The powerful back-row, who was named Man of the Series for England in November last year, suffered a broken leg and has since been out of the game.

But after being named in the line-up that will tackle France in their World Cup warm-up clash on Saturday, Morgan cannot wait to get onto the pitch.

"I just want to get back to the way I was playing before I got injured," the number eight told from their Pennyhill Park training field.

"I had a bit of form before that and the injury came at a bad time. For me now though, it's about getting back out there and doing a job for the team.

"An injury is never great and the timing of this one wasn't helpful in terms of timing, but I've got back in time [for the Rugby World Cup].

"I always stayed positive throughout this whole phase and I've had good medics both here and at Gloucester. It's thanks to them that I'm back in this position.

"It's an honour to wear the England shirt and to have that opportunity again is something I want to hold onto for as long as I possibly can. To get another chance is brilliant, especially in such an important year like this."

Morgan has scored three times in his last three outings at Twickenham and will be looking to add to that run against les Bleus. However, he will be working for the team on Saturday as England look to build momentum ahead of the World Cup.

"Obviously it's a Test match and we're going out there to try and win it, but it's also about putting into practice what we've been doing in training throughout the past couple of months," he said.

"The World Cup is still 40 days away so there is still time to develop and we want to implement what we’ve done so far into a game."