Next on list as Six Nations comes into focus

The Six Nations will come into focus over the next few weeks and England are in good shape.

I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed not be included in the set-up when the Elite Player Squad and Saxons sides were chosen.

I like to think that I have been doing everything I can this season to get back in a white shirt and have a pretty good try-scoring record to go with that.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster was good enough to give me a bell and tell me that I am next on the list basically.

With that in mind, I have just got to keep doing what I am doing, week in, week out. If I can remain consistent and keeping doing what I am paid to do, I am hopeful that my chance will arrive soon.

Tom Varndell has been clay pigeon shooting when he is not trying to get back in to the England elite squad.

In the meantime, I have been honing my skills in a different arena off the pitch with some of the boys from the Wasps squad.

We decided to put our countryside caps on the other day and go out to do some shooting.

Clay pigeon shooting that is – nothing more sinister than that.

We went to a range in Buckinghamshire and we had a really good laugh. I am going to make it my new hobby.

James Haskell, Christian Wade and Joe Simpson were there too so there was the inevitable sense of competition!

And we were all pretty good. Better than I expected to be honest.

We shot different types of clay pigeon, there was one practice when they simulated something that looked like a rabbit running across the ground and there was also one option where they shoot out something that looks like a flying duck.

It took a little while to get used to the mechanism but, by the end, those of us that hadn’t done it before, were getting quite good, I like to think.

I’ll definitely be going back.


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