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Matt Kvesic relishing potential showdown with Richie McCaw

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 20, 2014

By Mike Brown @citizen_rugby

Matt Kvesic relishing potential showdown with Richie McCaw

Matt Kvesic relishing potential showdown with Richie McCaw

MATT Kvesic admits it would be a dream to face Richie McCaw in New Zealand.

The Gloucester flanker is part of England’s initial training squad ahead of the three-Test summer tour.

He has the unenviable task of ousting Red Rose captain Chris Robshaw but is determined to feature against the All Blacks and his “role model” McCaw.

Kvesic said: “Fingers crossed I will get to go down there. It’s a good chance for myself and a few Gloucester boys to showcase our talents.

“We will train as hard as I can to get a place on the plane. I’m not sure how it will pan out but hopefully I can put myself in contention for a spot in the team.

“It would be awesome to go up against Richie McCaw. He’s a bit of a role model for any young seven and I have grown up watching him and admiring him from an early age.

“It would be pretty cool to go up against him and I would be very lucky if that happens.

“His longevity at the top of the game is so impressive. He’s the most capped All Black of all time and the way he manages referees, the game and team is incredible.

“It’s not just his rugby playing ability that is admirable it’s everything else that goes with it.

“Even this late in his career he is a world class and there’s so much I can still learn from him.

“It’s going to be a massive challenge, three Tests against the best team in the world, if we can get some scalps down there it will be excellent for our confidence going forward.”

It has been a testing first season at Kingsholm for the 22-year-old. Playing on the back of a retreating pack he has struggled to make the impact he hoped for when making the move from Worcester Warriors.

But Kvesic reckons Gloucester can turn things around and he hopes it will prove a springboard for World Cup selection.

He added: “It’s been a frustrating year, there’s no two ways about it. I’ve not played my best rugby, I know that, the coaches know that and it’s just frustrating.

“Things just haven’t clicked, 50-50 decisions haven’t gone my way and there are days when I just haven’t been at my best.

“Not much has changed but being in a new environment and everything that has happened at Gloucester this season has been a factor in it.

“I’m happy and comfortable here, the boys are great and now it’s a chance to kick on.

“Next year, with whoever comes in, that will make a difference and fingers crossed it will be someone who can take this club forward.

“I want to be at this club, with this young group, going forward and it’s very exciting times.

“The World Cup is all part of a long-term plan and what I’m aiming for along with every other player.

“It could be a hell of a year.”

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