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Attwood targets England future

Dave Attwood insists he is not a dirty player as he sets out to make up for lost time with England.

The Bath-bound lock made his Test debut against New Zealand in November before receiving a stamping ban which ruled him out of England's RBS 6 Nations title campaign. That came after he had been cited for two counts of stamping following England's draw with the Australian Barbarians in Perth, but they were thrown out on a technicality.

Attwood will pull on an England jersey again on Sunday for the non-cap international against the Barbarians at Twickenham, and he said: "I don't have a nasty track record. It is not something that has plagued me throughout my career."

He added: "I had a run-in in the summer in Australia and again in December. It is something that has come about but it has not been a feature throughout my career so far.

"I am not worried it will creep more into my game. I will just keep on top of it and not step over the mark.

"This game is massive for me. The second half of the season wasn't what I was hoping for given how well the first half went for me.

"I am on the back foot, I am aware of that, but having broken back into the Gloucester team I feel my form is coming back.

"It is a chance to put a marker down and squeeze my way into the World Cup training camp. I am excited about involvement. It should be quite an exciting summer for me."


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