Wood hoping for double joy

England flanker Tom Wood could well have a very busy few months ahead of him. His wife is due to have the couple’s second child at the beginning of October, by which time Wood is hoping to be part of an England side playing in the business end of the World Cup. Wood’s partner Sarah, originates from New Zealand and is planning on flying out in order to have the baby with her family around her as well as Tom. The plan is reliant on the flanker making Martin Johnson’s final 30-man squad though.

“If I am selected, my partner Sarah will go home to her parents’ house in north Otago. She’s pregnant as well and she is due to have the baby mid-World Cup,” he said.

“The perfect scenario would be I am selected, we go all the way in the competition, she has the baby there and we fly back together.”

Wood’s inclusion shouldn’t be in too much doubt though, with his form for both club and country this season impressing many, Johnson among them. Wood was an instrumental part of the England side that reclaimed the Six Nations title earlier this year. The 24-year-old looks set to continue his place in the side and barring a late injury should be a major part of England’s World Cup plans. Anyone following the 2011 World Cup rugby betting will know this.

Wood will be part of the England squad that take on Wales in back-to-back warm-up games next month before Johnson announces his final 30-man squad on August 22nd. The squad will then fly out to New Zealand where they will work on their final preparations before their opening match of the competition against Argentina in Pool B. Finishing top of their group will be the minimum target that Johnson sets his side, although Argentina and Scotland will be determined to make a fight for it as they look to cause an upset. The Betfair rugby union betting indicates both sides could provide a tough challenge.

Wood meanwhile will be hoping to return home after the tournament clutching not only a new baby, but also a World Cup winner’s medal.

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