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Yarde targets Test spot

17th June 2013 12:40


Marland Yarde England 2013

Promise: Marland Yarde

London Irish and England wing Marland Yarde is now targeting a place in the Elite Player Squad after impressing on debut in Argentina.

Yarde scored two excellent tries as England sealed a first series win in the country since 1981 with the 51-26 victory in Buenos Aires.

The 21-year old has been tipped for a successful England career by London Irish boss Brian Smith and is now targeting a place in the new 33-man squad for next season.

Yarde has been competing with Christian Wade, Jonny May and David Strettle on tour, whilst Chris Ashton was rested.

"There are some great players in my position and all I can do is work as hard as I can and leave it up to Stuart," said Yarde.

"All you can do is focus on yourself, work as hard as you can for the team and leave selection up to the coaches.

"It was fantastic experience. The Argentina fans were awesome and they create a real buzz and atmosphere.

"It was a bit surreal being out there at times but I just had to take into my stride and work as hard as I can for the team.

"I was quite nervous before kick-off as it was my first game for England but as soon as the first kick happened I just took it in my stride and treated it as a normal game.

"I am thankful for the opportunity and I can't wait to do it again."

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