Belfast Telegraph

Friday 25 April 2014

Davies - Freddie's ready for England

Freddie Burns has been tipped as a potential England fly-half

Head coach Nigel Davies believes the England selectors have got to look at giving Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns a cap soon after another magical Aviva Premiership display in the 29-3 defeat of Sale Sharks.

Burns outshone former England fly-half Danny Cipriani opposite him at Kingsholm, booting five first-half penalties and controlling Gloucester's game pattern as the hosts put pressure on top dogs Harlequins and Saracens - both beaten last night.

Davies said: "I think he has played superbly well. I think he has got everything that an international outside-half needs. What we have seen here with him is a maturity which probably wasn't there in the past - but his game management today was excellent."

He added: "He kept the ball in front of his pack for the best part of the game and put a lot of pressure on Sale as a result.

"Then to step up and get the points - and they weren't easy kicks - he never looked like missing.

"He is always a threat, even today with such a boggy field, he was always there. So, for me, he is an exceptional player, somebody who is on top of his game at the moment."

Burns said he had an 'armchair ride' thanks to his pack, and Davies was impressed by the whole side on a saturated Kingsholm pitch following the week's downpours.

"Conditions dictated that we needed to play in a certain way and we did that. I'm very pleased with the way it went," said Davies.

The game was held up for five minutes when Gloucester's Australian hooker Huia Edmonds was knocked out in a tackle and left with his neck in a brace on a stretcher.

Thankfully, he has recovered quickly and Davies said: "He is fine and up and about."