Teimana Harrison hoping feedback from Eddie Jones can help revive England career

Teimana Harrison, pictured, is intent on fighting back into the England squad
Teimana Harrison, pictured, is intent on fighting back into the England squad

Northampton Saints flanker Teimana Harrison is hoping the feedback that he received from England coach Eddie Jones will help him in reviving his international career.

The 25-year-old made his England debut in May last year and has played five Tests until now including three autumn international games last year.

Harrison missed the Six Nations campaign and also the two Test series in Argentina earlier this year while he was also not included in the two training camps in Teddington and Oxford leading into this year's November Tests.

Despite the setback, Harrison hopes to reclaim his place in the England squad through consistent performances for his club Northampton Saints in the ongoing season.

"I want to get back into the England squad and team, so to do that I've got to focus on playing well for Saints," said Harrison. "And if I'm playing well here then it's all down to Eddie (Jones) if he wants me.

"I haven't really had any long discussion with Eddie, but I've had feedback on my performances. And I need that consistency in my carrying and defensive game.

"He said he was happy with my defence in the first couple of games, then my attack in one game. And so now it's about mixing it all together.

"I think I'm getting there, but I haven't put one perfect big performance together myself yet.

"(In) Some games my defence has been really good but I've lacked on the carrying side, and in others I've carried well but lacked a bit in defence. I'm just trying to put both of those together at the same time, and get a good, consistent run.

"Yeah it's really good that there's dialogue there with England. It's great to have feedback outside of the club, it's good to have interest from the international arena

"It helps me a lot, helps me focus on things I need to build in my game, maybe outside of how Saints want me to play. So it's definitely a boost to have that."

The Saints suffered a 13-57 defeat to the defending champions Saracens in the European Champions Cup opener that was marred by Harrison's tussle against Owen Farrell following the fly-half's tackle on Ben Foden. The Saints back-rower has revealed he later apologised to Farrell, having realised there was little wrong with the challenge.

"I think we've taken a little knock in confidence, but good teams bounce back," said Harrison.

"We've shown we can bounce back, when we played Leicester after the first Saracens defeat. Now we've got to do that again.

"During Sunday's game I thought it was a bad tackle (from Farrell on Foden), I thought he'd tipped Fodes on his head. But looking back it was a textbook tackle, perfect.

"I said that to him after the game, shook his hand and we had a good chat."

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