Henry Arundell, a 19-year-old full-back was called by Jones to play for the England senior team. Sure, Arundell was nervous when he first came to camp but he is happy about how he was welcomed and seems to have a bright future on this team.
“I was very nervous at first. Most guys who do go in feel like that,” he said, as quoted by rugbypass. “But a lot of players were very welcoming, more welcoming than I thought they would be, to be honest.
You are going into the big dog zone and you think everyone will be horrible, but they are a great group of guys and are really looking after me. “We went to the pub on the Sunday and I sat with Ellis and Marcus and they were both really good to me, having a chat and calming the nerves.
Being called up by England is the kind of thing you dream about. It sounds like a cliche, but it’s true." “To get it now is obviously very exciting. It doesn’t mean I’m going to play. It doesn’t mean I’m going to get capped any time soon.
It is about learning as much as possible so I can go back to the club or possibly either go on tour to Australia with England or play for the U20s”.
Arundell’s high-octane try against Toulon has garnered much public attention, as has his performance against Wasps.
“The first high ball I got I dropped near the touchline. I had someone screaming in my ear and I wasn’t paying attention,” Arundell said. “It was more just like a bounce-back type game. I had played previously in Premiership games and scored tries but they weren’t the performances I’d want entirely, not just scoring a good try”.
He is in contention to travel with the team to Australia. “As soon as you start overthinking, that’s when you kind of lose that natural energy and that fun to play rugby,” he said. “I have done a lot of stuff with psychologists about that and I think a lot of players do feel that as well.
As soon as you start trying to do too much, you actually do worse. It is just reminding myself that I am only 19 and I have to keep enjoying myself and having fun”.