England didn’t come out of their Six Nations opener unscathed, with influential number 9 Ben Youngs suffering a rupture of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. With that unfortunate injury brought about an interesting decision for Eddie Jones on the outside. While it was likely that Eddie Jones knew who the call would be going out to, speculation was high as to where it would be going.
The call has however gone out to Richard Wigglesworth. Capped 34 times, Wigglesworth has not featured since the 2015 World Cup under Stuart Lancaster. A kicking specialist the Sarries player has shown he has the ability at this level but having not featured in any of Eddie Jones plans so far he will have a lot to learn before the 2nd game of the Six Nations against Wales this weekend.
“We have an app I was straight on which has all the calls and what’s happened in the past, so you can get up to speed a bit quicker than normal,” he explained.
“I was on that Sunday night and Monday morning to try and get ahead of the game.”
Wigglesworth has been at the pinnacle of european rugby during his exile from the England squad, taking 2 European Cups in that time.
“It’s easy to get disillusioned and blame other people, but if you are ready to look at yourself first and work hard, then you can make stuff happen,” he added.
“Ben and Danny have done a good job. They are the most capped scrum-half ever [Care], and the most starts as an England nine [Youngs], and you don’t get that without a lot of quality.
“I had stopped worrying about anyone else and what they were doing, and started worrying about myself quite a while ago.
“I think that led to a sharp improvement in myself, and the stress levels that all come with it.
“Scrum-half is one of those positions where you don’t stop improving. The game moves on and you have to move with it, because you are at the sharp end of what your team does.”