England Pennyhill Park base different to home

Richard Wigglesworth is scrum-hald for table topping Saracens and travels with England on their Summer tour

There are a few differences between my house - and England’s Pennyhill Park base here in Surrey.

I hope my wife doesn’t read this but the food here, for one, is out of this world!

Great food aside, this is an intense week in preparation for the game against the Barbarians on Sunday and then the tour to Uruguay and Argentina afterwards.

We are getting through lots of work here and I have to admit that getting back into an England shirt has been really good from a personal point of view.

I am looking forward to the Baa-Baas game and to have the chance to get some more caps for my country on tour is a big thing for me after what I went through with my injury a while back.

I feel my form has been consistent and good this season. Now, it’s up to me to make the most of this opportunity.

We are expecting a serious test from the Barbarians - more so than ever. They will all be wanting to play in the game against the British & Irish Lion the following week so I don’t think there will be any “friendliness” about them.

They also have a serious squad to choose from so it will be some game.

I have been enjoying playing with some boys I have not played with before and training with guys like fly-half Freddie Burns, who I have been working closely with.

There’s some real gas in the backs too with Christian Wade, Jonny May and Marland Yarde in there.

I shouldn’t forget my Sarries team mate Dave Strettle either. But only because I am rooming with him! I have already nabbed the downstairs part of our living area here at PHP which means he has to climb the stairs every day after training.

Before I joined up with England, I said some fond farewells to some of the Sarries guys who will be leaving the club this summer like Carlos Nieto, Andy Powell, Andy Saull and Jon Smit - who is going to be CEO at the Sharks in South Africa.

It’s a job I think he will be great at. He is just that sort of bloke and would also make a cracking director of rugby if he wasn’t going to be a CEO.

Good luck fellas.

After the Baa-Baas game we will be boarding the plane next week for the flight to Buenos Aires. It’s a 14-hour flight which sounds arduous but, with two small kids at home, it’s a great chance to get some good sleep.

Again, I hope my wife doesn’t read this!


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