Where there's a Will

Saracens flanker Will Fraser talks to Sky Sports rugby union writer Tony Curtis about his hopes of touring with England.

By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter: @SkysportsTC.   Last Updated: 20/03/13 9:26am

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Saracens flanker Will Fraser believes playing Sevens has helped him close in on a place on England's tour to Argentina.

The 22-year-old has been in outstanding form for Sarries this season, with Fraser rewarded with a place in the England Saxons set-up.

However Fraser is now a strong contender to win a full cap in the summer, especially as a number of England players are likely to be away with the British and Irish Lions in Australia.

And the back-rower feels playing the shortened form of the game - he was part of the Saracens squad at the past two JP Morgan Premiership Sevens Series events - has been key to his development.

"To win the JP Morgan Premiership Sevens in the first year really set the tone for the club in the competition," he told Sky Sports.

"I'd love to be on that plane and I will be doing everything I can to get there. I will just have to train hard, get my head down and put in the performances."
Will Fraser


"The lads look forward to it every year. It breaks pre-season up nicely and it is a good chance to get playing some rugby. It is a great tournament that grows every year and it is brilliant to play in.

"If you look at the players that have appeared in it before, such as Owen Farrell who has gone on to play for England, a number have become key first-team players, so it is a great platform.

"I'd love to play in it again but selection is out of my hands, though. My main focus in on 15-a-side but it would be great to run out with the lads at the Sevens again."

Performances

It is understandable for Fraser to be concentrating on the traditional form of the game, though, given as he has emerged as one of the leading lights in the No 7 jersey.

A series of stellar displays has seen him appear on the radar of England head coach Stuart Lancaster. A try-scoring debut for the Saxons was followed by a call-up to the training squad ahead of the RBS Six Nations clash with France.

However Fraser, who has previously spent time honing his talents at Western Province academy and Bedford Blues, is refusing to look too far ahead.

"There is some way to go yet and there is a lot of rugby still to play before then," said Fraser. "A lot will depend on who goes on tour with the Lions, too.

"I'd love to be on that plane and I will be doing everything I can to get there. I will just have to train hard, get my head down and put in the performances."

Fraser is likely to get a chance to further his reputation on Sunday when Premiership leaders Saracens take on second place Harlequins - and that means a possible showdown with England captain and rival openside Chris Robshaw.

"This is what we play rugby for," he added. "Chris has been an outstanding player for England and Harlequins and to me he was one of the standout players at the Six Nations. It will be great to pit myself against him."

The J.P Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s kicks off on 1st August at Gloucester with rounds at Franklin Gardens and Allianz Park and the Final at The Recreation Ground. For tickets and more information visit: www.jpmorgan7s.com or follow @jpmorganrugby7s

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