Ashton shelves celebration

Wing to save famous leap for the right place and time

Last Updated: 28/05/12 7:51am

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Chris Ashton: Saving 'dive' celebration for the right place, right time

Chris Ashton: Saving 'dive' celebration for the right place, right time

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England's Chris Ashton has shelved his 'dive' celebration for the time being following a conversation with head coach Stuart Lancaster.

The Saracens wing helped himself to a hat-trick in Sunday's 57-26 success over the Barbarians, but his spectacular try-scoring leap over the line was nowhere to be seen.

Ashton has now revealed that having spoken to Lancaster about the celebration a while ago it had been decided to save it for the right time and place.

"I had a conversation a while ago with Stuart Lancaster about the dive and we decided right place, right time."
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"I had a conversation a while ago with Stuart Lancaster about the dive and we decided right place, right time," commented Ashton.

"Maybe in a World Cup final but I didn't think today was the right time or the right place."

Prior to Sunday's treble Ashton had not scored for England in six Tests and even though it was a non-cap game the 25-year-old is feeling good about his form.

"I'm feeling confident again," he continued. "The team is a bit more settled and it was pretty much the Six Nations back line out there.

"We knew the game would be open, we moved the ball and I thought we looked pretty good doing it."

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