Richard Wigglesworth seek redemption after included in 32-man England squad

Richard Wigglesworth is set to feature for England against Wales
Richard Wigglesworth is set to feature for England against Wales
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Saracens scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth is hoping to impress head coach Eddie Jones after he was handed a lifeline to the red rose side in the ongoing Six Nations tournament.

Wigglesworth last played for England under head coach Stuart Lancaster during the disastrous 2015 World Cup campaign which saw his team crash out of the tournament in the first round.

The 34-year-old's career looked all but over with Jones relying only on two scrum-halves but now an injury to Ben Youngs is set to hand him a place on the bench in the upcoming clash against Wales as a cover to Danny Care.

“That was one of the worst weeks of my life. There is no point sugar-coating it – you put that much effort into something and you mess it up,” Wigglesworth said. “So many things go through your mind at the time and it being my last involvement will definitely have been one of them.

“But a long time ago I stopped worrying about what I couldn’t control and I had to get back to worrying about myself.

“I use this line a lot – being able to look myself in the mirror and know that I had done everything I can to give myself a chance. I got on with that.

“Experience probably helped. I’m lucky to be at the club that I’m at – going back to something meaningful and being at the sharp end of tournaments definitely helped me get over what happened at the World Cup.

“But that’s life, isn’t it? You can be as jealous as you want and want it as much as you do, but it’s other people who decide that for you. You can only decide your attitude and how you react.

“It feels good being back, but this is not the way you want to take the call. Having done a knee myself like Ben has, you always fear the worst.”

England currently top the table in the Six Nations 2018 after their 15-46 win over Italy in the opening round.

 

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