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Freddie Burns ready to play same way against All Blacks

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 27, 2012

Freddie Burns

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FREDDIE Burns will not change a winning formula if he gets his England chance as expected on Saturday.

The 22-year-old Gloucester fly-half is all-but nailed on to take a seat on the bench for England's Twickenham clash with world champions New Zealand this weekend.

Toby Flood's toe injury will sideline him for England's final autumn international, and Stuart Lancaster is expected to start Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell.

Burns has stepped into the squad as an injury replacement for Leicester's Flood, and ought now to be in line for his first cap.

Unflustered Burns slotted a flawless seven from seven shots at goal in Saturday's 29-3 Gloucester victory over Sale Sharks.

The Premiership's leading points-scorer is also the player of the month – and admitted he will not desert the methods that are serving him so well at Kingsholm, if he has his chance at Twickenham this weekend.

Burns explained: "If I get a chance then I won't try to do anything differently, I'll still try to play my game.

"It's the same as Gloucester – you've got to put the team first, so you just make the best decision for the team.

"I think I've been getting better at working out what benefits the team most in each situation.

"And obviously I'd love to have the chance to test myself at the highest level.

"I feel in good form and as though I know what's working for me at the moment, and when I've been up with the England squad in training I've just tried to do those same things there.

"And if I did have a chance, then that's how I would aim to continue."

England boss Lancaster yesterday confirmed Flood's injury rules him out of All Blacks action, but it is unlikely Burns will leapfrog Farrell in the pecking order.

Alex Corbisiero is expected to recover in time for Saturday, which would mean Nick Wood will probably return to Gloucester, for Sunday's Premiership clash at Saracens.

Lancaster said: "We're excited to have Freddie with us as we know all about what he can do.

"We will get him up to speed with everything, but that won't take too long because he's been in and around the squad for a few weeks already.

"It's exciting to see two young English talents go toe-to-toe this week, in Freddie and Owen.

"Owen already has a lot of credit in the bank though, and obviously he's well-versed in all our plans.

"Alex (Corbisierio) has needed some time to recover, and we're giving him that, but we should expect him to come through that in time.

"We know all about Nick Wood's quality, I've seen his consistency in the Premiership and I've worked with him at Saxons level in the past."

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  • richardpenton  |  November 28 2012, 7:03PM

    Well I think any Gloucester Rugby player is worth mentioning, especially one that is playing so well, such as Rupert harden. If akadau and his other troll names doesn't like that.... TOUGH!

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  • Dave_Baldwin  |  November 28 2012, 12:09AM

    The mere mention of Harden sends akadau the troll off into a frenzy of trolling. How sad!

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  • RoccoAgain  |  November 27 2012, 10:01PM

    Rupert Harden... First choice tight head at Gloucester Rugby. That must really get up the nose of akadau/RuckandRoller/GlosRugbyMan/troll.

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  • s_sorca  |  November 27 2012, 9:27PM

    Nigel knows his players. He knows that Harden is the man to go to when you take on the likes of Tigers, which is exactly what he did.

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  • RubenHall  |  November 27 2012, 8:50PM

    I wonder why Nigel Davies keeps selecting Rupert to start.... It's not that difficult really, he knows that Harden is the best he has in that position.

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  • Gambonie  |  November 27 2012, 8:08PM

    Harden has been superb all season.

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  • Newilldon  |  November 27 2012, 7:33PM

    He had an outstanding game on the weekend. Long may Harden continue in that vein.

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  • GlawsSurfer  |  November 27 2012, 7:14PM

    Here's to Rupert Harden's continued success as Gloucester Rugby's first choice tighthead.

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  • sam_silent  |  November 27 2012, 6:47PM

    akadau/RuckandRoller/graybaggs/and so on and so on is trolling again, I see. That is some huge chip he has developed just because Rupert Harden has proved himself to be a good tight head.

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  • Buggsie  |  November 27 2012, 3:58PM

    You need to get the chip off your shoulder, old man. You have been proved wrong by Rupert Harden (because of the brilliant performances on the field - none of which you will have seen) and also by Nigel Davies, who continues to make Rupert his first choice at tight-head. All your trolling isn't going to change that.

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