QBE Internationals: England's Lee Dickson relishing chance to take on Australia
Last Updated: 31/10/13 3:31pm
Lee Dickson says he can't wait to test himself against the best players in the game.
Northampton's in-form Lee Dickson cannot wait to face Australia after being named in England's starting XV for Saturday's QBE Autumn international.
The 28-year-old, who started both Tests against the Pumas, beats off competition from Ben Youngs and Danny Care to win his 10th.
Dickson has been delighted with his Saints form this season with the Franklin's Gardens side second in the Aviva Premiership table having lost only one in league action this term.
"I'm thrilled to bits. I've had a good start of the season with Northampton," he told Sky Sports. "Coming here I've spoken to Stuart a couple of times about being on form coming into these Autumn internationals.
"Back at the club I've had a good pre-season and started the season well so it's been brilliant to get that nod and I'm really looking forward to it."
The Saints brought in Kahn Fotuali'i from Ospreys in the summer, however, that has only served to bring out the best in fellow scrum-half Dickson.
Pushed to the limit
"He's a phenomenal player," he said of Fotuali'i. "I get on really well with him on and off the pitch. He really pushes me to my boundaries. I knew he was coming as Jim (Mallinder) came to me and said 'We're signing him and these are the reasons'.
"You can see it two ways. You can sit down and take number two or you can see it as a challenge. I've definitely seen it as a challenge him coming in. He's a world class player and I've had to raise my game.
"The brilliant thing about Kahn is he's willing to teach me as well. So I see the game from a different perspective it's not just mine it's his as well. It's been brilliant having him around and it's really pushed me on."
Dickson is likely to line up against Will Genia in Saturday's clash at Twickenham and the Saints play-maker knows he will need to take his game to another level against one of the world's best.
"You always want to play against the best players in the world and he is the in-form number nine in the world at the moment.
"For me going against him I need probably raise my game again. But I've got to be myself as well out there as that's what I'm picked on. So hopefully I can go out there and add that big-tempo game to this game at the weekend."
Watch England take on Australia this Saturday. Coverage starts on Sky 3D and Sky Sports 2 HD from 1:30pm.