Shaw in line for Toulon debut
December 22, 2011
Simon Shaw will be at Toulon until at least the end of the current season © Getty Images
England lock Simon Shaw will take his bow for Toulon on Friday in their clash against Lyon in the Top 14 Orange.
Shaw has been struggling with a fractured eye socket since he arrived at Toulon, after asking to be released from his contract with Wasps. Shaw has arrived on the Mediterranean as an 'injury joker,' coming into the side in place of Bakkies Botha, and is likely to line up alongside either one of the former Premiership veterans Kris Chesney or Dean Schofield.
And Shaw is relishing the chance to pull on the black and red of Toulon. "I cannot wait to play and I am excited over what the experience will hold," Shaw told Midi Olympique. "I was very disappointed not to start earlier because of the injury but it is fixed and I really want to play."
Shaw will now take in the famous Toulon atmosphere for the first time as a player and he admits it will be a far cry from his former experiences at Adams Park with Wasps. "I experienced the atmosphere for the first time as a spectator against Brive and I was very impressed - almost shocked," Shaw said. "It increases your desire to experience it as a player. It is nothing like what I knew at Adams Park."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
"When Mike Burton was sent off I thought the world had gone crazy - just Pommy bashing, hitting anyone." Behind the Rose heads back to 1975
The time for tinkering is over - England must nail their colours to the mast in key positions, writes Phil Vickery
"New Zealand-born Joe Schmidt has forged the Irish into a street-smart, well- prepared side," John Mitchell on the Irish renaissance
"I am bored of hearing 'I can't fault the effort'. Let us take that for granted and look for some quality." John Taylor writes