Eng­land call caps stel­lar six months for in­jury-stricken War­rior Spencer

The Rugby Paper - - News - NEALE HAR­VEY

ENG­LAND new boy Will Spencer has re­vealed how close he came to quit­ting rugby be­fore bat­tling back from a trio of shoul­der dis­lo­ca­tions to win a Red Rose call-up.

Spencer, be­low, is on standby for Eng­land’s Test se­ries in Ar­gentina, hav­ing been sum­moned by head coach Ed­die Jones for last week’s three-day con­di­tion­ing camp.

The 24-year-old en­forcer could now fea­ture against the Bar­bar­ians at Twick­en­ham later this month – a sce­nario he ad­mits he could never have en­vis­aged when opt­ing to take six months out of the game be­fore join­ing Worces­ter from Bath last sum­mer.

Spencer, whose in­jury prob­lems be­gan in 2014 af­ter a suc­cess­ful loan year at London Welsh, said: “If you’d said to me last De­cem­ber when I was waiting to play my first game for Worces­ter that in five months’ time I’d fin­ish the sea­son by play­ing ev­ery game and then be on Eng­land’s radar, it would just have been a pipe dream. “I’d been close to fin­ish­ing at Bath. It got to the point with my shoul­der is­sues where I’d fallen out of love with rugby and wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. “It was a very dark time. I’d dis­lo­cated my shoul­der three times and had a ma­jor op­er­a­tion with a re­cov­ery that wasn’t straight­for­ward, so I needed a break and the best thing I did was tak­ing time off be­tween De­cem­ber 2015 and ar­riv­ing at Worces­ter.

“I wasn’t my­self dur­ing that tough pe­riod at Bath and in the back of my mind I thought I might be one of those guys who didn’t get a chance to ful­fil their po­ten­tial. But I re­grouped, did all my re­hab and just got stuck in to life at Worces­ter.”

Spencer can now dream of a first Eng­land cap, adding: “To be in­volved in the first camp of the sum­mer felt a bit crazy but there are a few more to come and if I get a chance to be in­volved against the Bar­bar­ians I’ll try to grab it with both hands.

“If it doesn’t hap­pen for me this time, I’ll still be happy with the sea­son I’ve had and will look to push on fur­ther when we kick-off again in Septem­ber.

“It re­flects well on Worces­ter that three of us got called up and I’m sure Nick Schon­ert will get in­volved as well once his hand in­jury heals up.”

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