Nick Abendanon: Foden & Morgan have the edge

Bath full-back Nick Abendanon has spoken ahead of their game against Harlequins this weekend about Bath’s fortunes, the autumn internationals and who he thinks is in the running for the England number fifteen shirt.

Abendanon cruelly picked up an injury before the start of last year’s Investec Challenge series having been selected for the first match against the Pacific Islanders. It was his absence that allowed Delon Armitage to capitalise and subsequently be considered as the best man for the role. However, in an odd twist of fate, Armitage will be forced to sit out of this year’s matches following surgery on a dislocated shoulder he sustained in his club match for London Irish against Gloucester, giving opportunities for others.

Abendanon said, “With Delon out, the road is open for a few names out there and the two people I’ve heard being spoken about are Foden and Morgan. But I’m hoping now that the games I’m going to be playing in will push my name forward, and I feel if I can get the opportunity to pull on that fifteen shirt then I can take full advantage of that, so I just need to keep playing well.”

Having been replaced by Joe Maddock for the West Country derby against Gloucester due to injury, the 23 year-old was back making breaks against Leicester in their 20-20 draw at The Rec last Saturday. “I picked up an injury at the beginning of this season but now I’m back playing, all I can do is use these four games before the autumn internationals to show Martin Johnson that I can be his first choice full-back.”

For the full interview, listen to or download the latest podcast which will be LIVE from Thurs 1st October at 9am right here on the blog or via iTunes.

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One thought on “Nick Abendanon: Foden & Morgan have the edge

  1. I would really like to see Foden or Abendanon in the 15 shirt although I can see niether making the team as well, we are talking about England here.

    This England team is shaping up well and if they keep the penalties down then they are contenders this year for the six nations although there are 4 teams that could win it. However this team lacks what every England team lacks, creativity, in order to beat the best we will need some of that, the Lions showed the way to beat the Boks, currently number one in anybody’s book.

    Geraghty could provide in the centres but I prefer Flutey when he comes back, Armitage is a great player and finisher but we need a man who can attract the contact and feed the ball out of the tackle a new Robinson to take people on, one on one. Both Foden and Abendonen back themselves, not saying they have what it takes at the top level but it is worth a try while armitage is out. Morgon is more a saftey man and off form at the moment.

    On form Foden has to get the first shot, NorthH fourth try against Leeds illustrated what I mean, he drew two tacklers and off-loaded. I am Tigers fan and I like Abendonen which says a lot, he is more secure under the high ball than people give him credit, the only problem is his kicking.

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