Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Waldrom committed to England cause

Thomas Waldrom insists he is fully committed to England

Thomas Waldrom insists he is 100% committed to England - even if he is still getting to grips with the cream teas and culture in his adopted country.

Waldrom, who was born in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, is poised to win his fourth England cap against Australia on Saturday after switching allegiance from the All Blacks.

"Playing my first Test match was probably the highlight of my career. The boys have accepted me really well, they know what I am here for," Waldrom said. "They know I am 100% for England and I will do anything I can do perform the best I can for the team."

He added: "Stuart and the coaching staff have spent a lot of time building a team culture. It is about accepting people for who they are.

"Everyone has different personalities in the team, which you have to embrace and enjoy. I am loving the environment.

"I get a bit of stick because I don't come across sounding English and because of the things you say.

"Today's discussion was whether you put the jam or the cream first on your scones.

"I said I was more jam and then cream. They said the English way was cream first, so I said I would change to fit in!

"The boys give me stick for watching Home And Away so I have switched to Coronation Street. I am slowly getting into that sort of stuff!"

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