England centre Ben Te’o insists he is fighting fit for autumn internationals despite playing just 29 minutes this season
- England centre Ben Te’o is ready to answer England’s call this month
- Te’o insists he is fighting fit despite playing just 29 minutes so far this season
- The Worcester man is pushing to start at No 12 against South Africa next week
- He also said that he would like to play alongside fellow centre Manu Tuilagi
England centre Ben Te’o claims he is fighting fit for the autumn internationals – despite playing just 29 minutes of rugby this season.
The Worcester star has been side-lined with quad and calf injuries but is pushing for England’s No 12 against South Africa next week.
George Ford and Owen Farrell have been Eddie Jones’ go-to 10-12 combination, but Te’o offers a high-power alternative that could shift Farrell to fly-half.
England centre Ben Te’o insists he is fighting fit despite playing just 29 minutes this season
Te’o also claimed that he would like to play alongside fellow centre Manu Tuilagi (pictured)
‘I back myself that I can get out there and play but selection is Eddie’s call,’ said Te’o.
‘I tore the quad off the tendon. It was something you could leave or try to rehab but there was always the risk that if I tore it again it might unravel up your leg which is a huge surgery.
‘We took the option to fix it and make sure it is 100 per cent. I’ve had a few hiccups with the rehab, which is why I’ve been slow to get back, but I feel 100 per cent now.’
Te’o is not in direct competition with fellow powerhouse Manu Tuilagi. Jones sees Tuilagi as an option at 13, rather than 12, and they could combine for a heavyweight midfield.
‘Manu’s a powerful man,’ said Te’o. ‘He’s got experience too. We all know what he’s done in the past but I’m sure he’s trying to reinvent himself and get back out there. Everyone’s been wanting to see him back in an England shirt and I’m one of them.’
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