Daly raring to go

Date published: November 10 2017

England wing Elliot Daly says he is fully fit to face Argentina in the November International Series after joining the squad late because of a knee injury.

The Wasps back starts on the wing for England in the first of three Test matches in November at Twickenham Stadium after recovering quicker than expected following a knock in the Premiership game against Northampton.

“I had a couple of days off and I went into Wasps and I realised that my knee wasn’t as bad as we first thought,” said Daly.

“I started doing some stuff on it, it felt really good so I ticked all the boxes, got into camp this week and it’s gone really well.

“Sometimes with the ligament, if your knee is stable then you’re able to do more. It is one of those where do it and if it hurts, stop it type injury.

“I’m 100% and I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t. I’ve trained fully all week and feel really good – I had to do a bit of learning at the start of the week and catch up with the boys and make sure I knew my roles.

The 2016/17 season was an impressive one for Daly where he made his first start for England, became a regular in the side and then started in all three Test matches for the British & Irish Lions in the drawn series in New Zealand.

However, after a year of highs, Daly is now focused on trying to replicate that form that saw him gain recognition at the highest level.

“If you don’t back it up then it doesn’t mean anything,” he said.

“It was a great year last year for me but if you don’t back it up then it doesn’t mean anything really in my opinion.

“You should look to get better every year and obviously we’re looking towards the World Cup in a couple of years. If you want to be in and around the England squad you’ve got to get better.

“That’s what I want to do this season, try and up my game on and off the pitch and see where that takes me.

“When I got back into Wasps and into pre-season you just have a different mindset. That year is gone, you’ve parked that bus and you’re at the club to do as much as you can to play well and hopefully get in the England squad.”