Aug 04, 2015
George eager to make his mark
Jamie George is hoping that he has put his best foot forward in England’s Rugby World Cup training camp.
The 24-year old Saracens man capped off a fine individual season with his inclusion in Stuart Lancaster’s 45-man training squad, and the hooker is eager to continue to press his claim for a place in England’s 31-man World Cup squad.
“There’s no better time to come into an England camp really,” said George. “It’s very exciting times but I can’t really look too far ahead, I’ve just got to keep working as hard as I can and keep pushing.
“To be honest, it may sound clichéd, but I’ve loved every minute of it. It’s been great to be involved from the start and have the chance to learn from the great players we have. We have a brilliant environment here, so for me to be involved in such a key stage ahead of a key tournament is pretty special.
“The intensity we set in Denver was very high. I feel like we’re better off for it. I’m very lucky to be involved at such a brilliant club in Saracens that like to play at high pace, and there’s no change here. We’re expected to lead some of the fitness scores so it’s been very tough but it’s something that I’ve enjoyed."
Lancaster revealed in his Pennyhill Park press conference that he will trim his training squad down later this week, and George is confident he has done all he can to impress the England Head Coach.
“I feel like it (the training camp) has gone well so far, but at the same time I know that the other three guys are fantastic hookers, and fantastic rugby players in their own right. I’m happy that I’ve put my best foot forward and hopefully that will be enough in the end."
George added: “The coaches have very high expectations of us, and we have to live up to that.”