Recalled duo can't wait

Flood and Varndell ready to take their chances

Last Updated: 17/06/08 11:00am

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Flood: Excited

Flood: Excited

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Toby Flood and Tom Varndell are both ready to take their chances after being named in the England side for the second Test against New Zealand.

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"It is exciting. As a kid you want to play in these games when you grow up and want to be involved."
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Following the 37-20 defeat at Eden Park, Flood and Varndell are among the numerous changes made to England's backline for the clash in Christchurch.

Danny Care, Jamie Noon and Mathew Tait are also named in the backs, while Tim Payne replaces Andrew Sheridan in the forwards.

And having missed out on the first Test, Flood - who replaces the underfire Charlie Hodgson at fly-half - can't wait to get going.

"It is exciting," he told Sky Sports News.

"As a kid you want to play in these games when you grow up and want to be involved.


"Obviously last week I wasn't and watched from the touchline. It is difficult not to be involved but not as difficult as it was on the field.

"The guys put a lot of effort in but sadly didn't get much reward.

"But I am looking forward to the challenge and looking forward to the game."

The match will be Varndell's first appearance for his country since he endured a disappointing tour to Australia in 2006.

And the Leicester wing, who will be team-mates with new Tigers signing Flood at Welford Road next season, insists that he has improved as player since then.

He told Sky Sports News: "I had to sort of rebuild myself as a player since then and I think I have done that.

"I still have a lot to learn and I still have a lot go and do, but I feel a lot happier about myself as a player and things have gone well."

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