Dan Robson, the wasp scrum half, is looking to challenge Ben Youngs for England’s # 9 jersey after being sidelined for three months with a deep vein thrombosis that made him miss the 2019 World Cup
- Dan Robson believes he is in the best position to fight for England’s # 9 jersey
- He’s never started for England and only got a handful of minutes off the bank
- But now he’s ready for the blood clot problem that he missed three months on
Dan Robson believes he is now in the best position to take Ben Youngs’ No. 9 shirt after overcoming deep vein thrombosis.
The Wasp scrum half has never started for England and only managed a handful of minutes off the bench in each of their nine internationals.
But now, with the blood clot problem that left him missing three months of rugby and the 2019 World Cup, Robson is ready to go.
Dan Robson (left) believes he is now in the best position to fight for the Ben Youngs’ No. 9 jersey
“My game is probably in a better place,” said the 28-year-old.
‘Before maybe I was perceived as that batsman. It was obviously an easy task for me to say, “Yeah, that’s fine, I’m in the English squad, I’ve achieved a lifelong goal. Two minutes from the bench I’ll take this.”
“In retrospect, it’s pretty naive, but that’s how it was for me.
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“The injury gave me a lot of perspective. It wasn’t ideal timing. I had the feeling that I was getting into this rhythm and that I felt comfortable in the camp.
“I basically live in calf socks and I’m not very good on long trips now. I have to stop every hour to do little things and make sure I move. After a few large sessions, I sit with my legs against the wall to let the blood flow.
“I know that when I’m on top I’m in the best position for the weekend.
“If I start to nod I’ll really take it and make the shirt as proud as possible.
Scrum-Half Robson has overcome deep vein thrombosis and is ready for England
‘Ben is an incredible player. The fact that he has 106 caps for his country is pretty ridiculous. Every time I was in the camp he pushed me and I like to think I push him. ‘
England are looking to open their game against Wales next after a mediocre start in the Six Nations.
Robson added, “We just have to get back to our instinctive best. We may have lost a little to Scotland, but we’re building well and the Italy game was a good stepping stone for us. ‘