Sam gets tipped for Eng­land call-up

The Rugby Paper - - Aviva Premiership -

EX­ETER for­wards coach Rob Hunter would be de­lighted to see No.8 dis­cov­ery Sam Sim­monds force his way into Eng­land con­tention as Ed­die Jones aims to solve his back row in­jury prob­lems.

With Billy Vu­nipola out with a knee in­jury and Harlequins’ Jack Clif­ford dis­loct­ing his shoul­der against Sale on Fri­day night, Jones has gaps to fill for the Au­tumn in­ter­na­tion­als.

A year af­ter ap­pear­ing off the bench for Cham­pi­onship side Cor­nish Pi­rates, Sim­monds is star­ring in the top flight as deputy for in­jured Chiefs try ma­chine Thomas Wal­drom and Hunter said: “It would be a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for him.

“Sam’s go­ing re­ally well and ev­ery time he gets the ball peo­ple are go­ing ‘aahhh’ ex­pect­ing a break.”

New­cas­tle di­rec­tor of rugby Dean Richards said: “We were a lit­tle bit frus­trated by our in­nacu­racy which gave them a huge amount of op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“That comes from us stress­ing our­selves by not stick­ing to the script.”

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