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Flatman gets England backing from Meehan



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Bath director of rugby Steve Meehan says that Martin Johnson should be looking at David Flatman for England’s Six Nations squad.

England lost three Tests in November and most unusually they failed to get any superiority at scrum time during their autumn international campaign.

Bath prop Flatman who is now 28, has been in fine form this season.

Meehan told The Times: ‘The way he’s shaping up this season he won’t be out of the EPS (elite England squad) for long.

‘His injuries have been well documented but, with the recuperation work he’s done, he has stepped up.

‘He’s different to the player he was two years ago. When I came to the club he was someone who scrummaged and lifted in the lineout.

‘If he keeps progressing as he has done in the last three or four games, the way he is scrummaging and his work-rate around the field, he will push Tim Payne and Sheridan.’

Flatman himself told the Daily Mail that he feels his England time is not yet finished, ‘I’d love to play for England again – I’d give anything to do that.

“I’m training harder than I’ve ever trained and I’m in better shape than I’ve ever been.”



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