Spencer: Ed­die’s told me what he wants

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DIS­CARDED Eng­land No.9 Ben Spencer ad­mits im­proved de­ci­sion-mak­ing holds the key to him hav­ing a re­al­is­tic shot at mak­ing next year’s World Cup. Twice capped dur­ing June’s tour of South Africa, Sara­cens man Spencer was a sur­pris­ing omis­sion this au­tumn, with Ed­die Jones pre­fer­ring Dan Robson for Sep­tem­ber’s train­ing camp be­fore re­call­ing Spencer’s vet­eran club­mate, Richard Wig­glesworth. How­ever, Spencer, 26, can­didly con­cedes his form had been sub-stan­dard, telling The Rugby Pa­per: “You’ve got to earn your way into the Eng­land squad and go­ing on tour dur­ing the sum­mer doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean you’ll be in­volved in the au­tumn. “It’s been a bit frus­trat­ing, es­pe­cially at the start of the sea­son where my game just wasn’t where I wanted it to be. I felt re­ally good com­ing into the sea­son but I was prob­a­bly try­ing a bit too hard in­stead of just play­ing my rugby. “I spoke to Ed­die be­fore the au­tumn and he gave me a few things to work on, so with lads be­ing away this has been a re­ally good time to knuckle down and get on with what he said. “It’s around my de­ci­sion-mak­ing, whether to run, pass or kick, which is a big one for me, and af­ter that it’s just around ac­cu­racy of skills. Hope­fully, my per­for­mance against Sale last week was the start of good things and I can take any other chances that come my way. “I en­joyed the tour, learnt a lot and over­all thought it went well.” Sara­cens travel to Le­ices­ter to­day look­ing to ex­tend an im­pres­sive 12-match un­beaten start to the sea­son. Spencer added: “The lads did bril­liantly to go un­beaten in the Pre­mier­ship Cup and beat Sale. Con­fi­dence is high. “With guys away on Test duty, oth­ers are su­per-ex­cited about get­ting their chance.”

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