Morgan wants to showcase ability against Wales
February 27, 2014
Ben Morgan is set to start against Wales © Getty Images
England No.8 Ben Morgan is ready to take out the frustration of being named among the replacements for their first three matches of the Six Nations out on Wales a week on Sunday.
With Billy Vunipola out for the rest of the championship due to ligament damage, Morgan is next in line with Stuart Lancaster describing him as a "like for like replacement". Morgan impressed against Ireland on Saturday and is looking forward to getting a chance for England from the outset.
"It's been frustrating sitting on the bench but I have been rightly in that position because Billy has been playing out of his skin," Morgan said. "I've been trying to make the most of every opportunity and make as much of an impact as possible. With Billy's misfortune comes my fortune.
"I'd like to see myself being able to fulfill what he's done and it's great to be given an opportunity to do that. I only had 10-15 minutes off the bench against France and Scotland and being given more time means I'm able to showcase what I'm about."
Morgan missed all but one match of last year's Six Nations because of an ankle injury and has played second fiddle to Vunipola since the summer tour to Argentina. He has endured a challenging season that has seen him dropped by Gloucester and credits his recent revival on a gruelling training regime.
"I've been working hard on the fitness and power work - a lot of sweat," Morgan said. "We do a lot of game impact training when we are with England and that revolves around training that directly correlates to what happens on the pitch. That has been great for me and other players.
"The idea behind the work is that you switch from weights on to a rubber crumb surface which allows you to practice ruck clearing out and then back to the weights. That makes a difference, particularly as my training features a lot of power work using weight sledges which you pull.
"This relates to picking up the ball off the back of the scrum and carrying into contact. Training like that has definitely improved me as a player."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
"Like the Treaty of Versailles, despite all the promises, the new Participation Agreement is certainly not the final solution." John Taylor writes
"We know where we are going and we know where we want to get but how long that will take is anybody's guess." David Humphreys on his plans for Gloucester
Jim Mallinder and Justin Burnell were sat on the same top table, but in different circumstances. Tom Hamilton reports on the Aviva Premiership season launch
Tom Hamilton reports back from the launch of the Guinness PRO12 where there is a renewed sense of optimism with all of the off-field changes to the league