Wednesday, February 02, 2011
Try scoring machine James Simpson-Daniel had a good game for the Saxons this past weekend, and scored this well taken try against Agen a few weeks back. Hes stuck his hand up for England selection, but a regular senior side slot has always eluded him.
The 28 year old has recently signed an extension on his Gloucester contract, which means hell be at the club for another three years. His form this season has been great, leading to talk that hed fit in nicely with the current England mindset.
Hes been prolific of late and perhaps now is the time for Martin Johnson to give him a run, with the World Cup in mind later in the year. Its a good position to be in for England though, who have a pretty strong back three currently as it is.
With just ten caps to his name and a reputation as being too injury prone for Test rugby, Simpson-Daniel will be hoping that this year brings a change to the perception.
"England have told me that Im still on their radar," he said.
"If I werent in their thoughts I guess I wouldnt even be here. The big picture for me is the World Cup. This is the last opportunity for me to make it and its my main goal."
If a string of injuries hit England, you can be sure Sinbad will be ready. His fine finishing has been there for all to see this season, and while the tackling by Agen was pretty poor for this try, its a nice example of what hes capable of in a little space.
Matt Banahan launches into James Simpson-Daniel
Outstanding James Simpson-Daniel try vs the Barbarians in 2002