Cueto raring to go
Mark Cueto is ready to reclaim his England jersey for Saturday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France after riding an all-too-familiar emotional rollercoaster.
Cueto was axed for England's decisive pool victory over Scotland despite scoring a hat-trick against Romania, with the England management opting for Delon Armitage on the left wing. But Armitage's one-match ban for a "dangerous high tackle" on Chris Paterson has opened the way for Cueto's return.
The Sale star said: "Every time I go out on the field I treat it like my last game - even more so now because this is 100% my last World Cup."
He added: "I might play for England after the World Cup but I'm not going to play in another World Cup for England. So from that point of view my mindset won't change. So if selected I'll go out there and give 100% like I always do."
Cueto had played 29 consecutive Tests before a back injury kept him out of England's opening two World Cup games but he returned with a bang.
After running in quickfire hat-trick past the Romanians, Cueto was convinced he was back on song and would be in manager Martin Johnson's starting line-up against Scotland.
"The thought didn't come into my head about not getting picked for the next week (against Scotland)," Cueto said.
"To then get dropped after a hat-trick I was like 'oh my God, where am I at here?'
"Johnno explained his decision and we had a chat for five or 10 minutes. I was 100% fit but the coaches weren't convinced. Regardless of our relationship I've got to accept that.
"I maybe spat my dummy out for a while. I was sulking. I was hugely disappointed."