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Having been replaced by Joe Maddock for the West Country derby against Gloucester due to injury, the 23 year-old was back making breaks against Leicester in their 20-20 draw at The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.”
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