Abendanon not giving up on England

Date published: April 7 2015

Nick Abendanon admits he hasn't given up hope on an England recall after a stunning season with Clermont Auvergne.

While England have a policy in place where they will not select players based overseas, there is an exceptional circumstances clause which would allow Stuart Lancaster to consider those playing in the Top 14.

Abendanon, who has just two caps to his name, moved to Clermont from Bath at the start of the season, and again showed off his attacking talent with a sensational display in the 37-5 win over Northampton.

The full-back racked up 142 metres with ball in hand, scoring one long-range try in the second half, having played a key role in two first-half scores for the French team.

And while he knew that a move to France would likely affect his hopes of getting back into the England reckoning, he hasn't given up all hope of making the squad for the World Cup.

"I've always wanted to play more for England," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"To maybe get the opportunity to join a World Cup squad for a World Cup in England would be an absolute dream come true, but it's not at the forefront of my mind.

"I can only keep playing well here and maybe wait for a call come the summer.

"I came to France because I wanted to experience something new. It was an incredibly tough decision to leave Bath – the Bath faithful are a fantastic crowd – but I wanted to get out of my comfort zone, which I've done.

"I think 90% of the players here didn't know who I was, and it's made me dig very deep, I've worked extremely hard to get in the best shape I can and stay in good form.

"I'm not really worrying about England, we're in with a chance in the Top 14 and now in the semi-final of the European Cup.

"If Clermont keep playing well and I keep playing well there may be certain dispensation."