Northampton lock Courtney Lawes has declared himself fit for England’s key 6 Nations game with Scotland on Sunday. Lawes has missed the opening three games of the tournament for Martin Johnson’s side with a knee injury but played 80 minutes for his club against Exeter yesterday.
The 22-year-old managed to establish himself in the side in 2009 and was a big free bet favourite to have featured in all three games were it not for the injury he picked up in the Premiership game against Leicester in January. Lawes was named man of the match in England’s sensational win over Australia in the autumn and now insists he is ready to make his return.
“If he (England manager Martin Johnson) wants me, I’m ready,” he told The Times.
“There are no doubts, the knee is sweet. I thought I had a pretty good game (against Exeter) and carried OK.
“I do feel like I am back up to speed. I am a bit tired but I feel good.” He added.
With fellow lock Tom Palmer in excellent form, Leicester’s Louis Deacon is likely to miss out should Johnson call upon the services of Lawes. The Northampton man admitted it had been frustrating missing out on England’s success so far, but said he had been impressed with their results so far.
“Of course you wish you were there, but I am just glad for the boys. Two more wins and you know what that means.” He said.
Tom Croft also looks set to return to the squad following a lay-off through injury, although will likely find himself on the bench for the game at Twickenham after completing 65 minutes for Leicester as he continues his rehabilitation from a shoulder injury.
Captain Lewis Moody will miss out again after failing to recover from his knee injury in time, and is unlikely to play any part in the remainder of the tournament.
England go into the match as bigfreebet favourites with a first Grand Slam since 2003 in their sights, but will be mindful of former England coach Andy Robinson’s side, who managed to score three tries against championship rivals France earlier in the tournament.