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Phil Dowson confirms Fin Smith is back in full England training

Northampton Saints Director of Rugby Phil Dowson has today confirmed in-form fly-half Fin Smith is back in full training with England, following a brief spell out through injury.

Northampton Saints Director of Rugby Phil Dowson has confirmed in-form fly-half Fin Smith is back in full training with England, following a brief spell out through injury.

The Saints halfback missed Saturday’s heroic 23-22 win over Ireland due to a calf injury, however he is seemingly back in contention to feature in their final game of the Championship against France.

Speaking to Rugby Nause News, Dowson said he’s sure Smith is staking his case to return to England’s match-day 23: “I’ve only been told that he’s training,” he said.

He added: “I’ve had a couple of messages from Fin, he seems pretty happy with where he is physically. He was obviously disappointed not to be involved (against Ireland), but we’ll just see what happens this week.

“I’m sure he’s pushing his name forward as hard as possible with Steve.”

Smith had previously featured in two matches this Six Nations, coming off the bench off the bench against Italy and Scotland; but his absence against Ireland, coupled with the manner of the victory, leave Dowson thinking his fly-half will need to fight for his shirt.

“It’s difficult really when you have a performance like that against Ireland, when the group has been so good; but Fin will be doing all he can in training to show what he’s capable of.”

Phil Dowson on Tom Pearson

England A v Portugal, Leicester, UK – 25th Feb 2024 England A player Tom Pearson Northampton Saints during the International rugby match between England A and Portugal at Mattioli Woods Welford Road on February 25th- Leicester England Copyright: xStevexBond/Pinnaclex PPA-092412

Tommy Freeman, George Furbank, Alex Coles, Alex Mitchell and the afore mentioned Smith have all featured for England this Six Nations; but one Saint still remains appearance-less this Six Nations, Tom Pearson.

The flanker was part of England’s wider squad at the start of the Six Nations, but was moved across to the England A side to face Portugal, where he gave a Man of the Match performance in their 91-5 win.

This left fans wanting to see Steve Borthwick give the former London Irish man a go in the Six Nations, but he unfortunately picked up a groin injury which has again kept him away from the England team, but Dowson admitted Pearson isn’t a ‘million miles away’ from being fully fit.

“He’s still training with us, but he’s not a million miles away. He’s moving much better and he’s feeling a lot more confident.”

Dowson also aired his personal frustration that Pearson hasn’t yet been given a shot in the England squad, but detailed his back-rower will be raring to go for the Saints return to Premiership action: “It’s a shame for him that he hasn’t had a chance on the international stage to show he’s capable of, but he’ll be back fighting fit in no time.”