It’s a good feeling to be back in the England squad and really exciting to be part of a group of such talented young players.
In fact, the age of the guys had me really worried for a while. I will turn 30 on tour in Argentina and, for one horrible minute, I thought that I might be the oldest bloke out there.
Luckily, Exeter’s Tom Johnson has saved my skin. But not by much.
I have been to Argentina before, the last time England toured out there and it will be good to go back. It was a crazy place.
We were in Salta last time and we hardly saw anyone during the week in the build up to the game. Then, on game day, the place was absolutely rammed and the locals were mad for it.
It was like the whole place had no interest in rugby whatsoever and then suddenly exploded into life when the match came around.
Argentina have a good side and it will be a serious test for us. It’s not too long a tour either so we can really get stuck into it when it arrives. I am looking forward to it already.
We also go to Uruguay too and I have no idea about what that might be like. At least I can tick it off the list of places I have been. I don’t think too many of my mates will have been to Uruguay, that’s for sure.
The squad that Stuart Lancaster has chosen is a good mix of older, more established guys like Ben Foden, Mike Brown and Dave Strettle and some young guns who are yet to receive their first cap.
It will be interesting to see how Christian Wade and Marland Yarde go and, from a personal point of view, I am delighted for my Saracens club mate, rugby league convert Joel Tomkins, who makes the squad having only really played rugby union for around 18 months.
Before then, onto more pressing matters - my golf swing. There should be eight of us out on the course today having some down time before we play Saints in the Aviva Premiership semi-final on Sunday.
I used to be quite good - until my two young kids arrived! Now I have to put up with bandits like Schalk Brits who plays off 7 or 8 but could easily play to scratch.
The funniest sight around a golf course at our club is Chris Ashton. He has literally the worst golf swing I have ever seen. It only goes back half way and then comes through like a bullet.
I will be making sure I stand behind him when he hits it.
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