Saints thrown right back in it – Lancaster

Date published: May 28 2013


Stuart Lancaster says that he'll give the Northampton players in his squad an early chance to put their final loss behind them.

England coach Stuart Lancaster says that he will give the Northampton players in his squad an early chance to put their Aviva Premiership final disappointment behind them.

Captain Tom Wood, Stephen Myler, Luther Burrell, Courtney Lawes, Lee Dickson and Ben Foden have joined up with the remainder of the England squad as they prepare to take on a combined South American team on Sunday ahead of their two-Test series against Argentina.

While the Saints contingent will still be licking their wounds after going down to Leicester in the domestic finale, Lancaster reveals that the best way for them to move on is to get right back into the action.

“My job is to pick them up, give them a clear target going into next Sunday and get some of them motivated to play again,” he explained.

“The likes of Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Lee Dickson, I thought they put in an unbelievable shift and I want to make sure they come back to England and get back on the horse.

“I want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to play but I will prioritise the Tests. Stephen will probably get a go next week and then Freddie (Burns) will be back in the equation.

“I was really pleased for Ben. He has come back into form too late for the Lions but he was exceptional.

“It was a big step up for Luther. That was the biggest stage he has played on by a long way and he handled it really well.

“He is excited about coming into the England set-up for the first time.”