Gloucester Rugby: Henry Trinder backed for England call-up
FORM centre Henry Trinder can fire himself back into England reckoning this season, believes Nigel Davies.
The Gloucester boss has backed the Swindon-born midfielder to force his way back into England coach Stuart Lancaster's thoughts.
Trinder has battled an injury-hit two seasons with ankle trouble leading to a broken jaw, then a succession of niggles last term.
That staccato progress has hit his international chances hard: where Trinder once looked primed to crack the senior squad, now he has fallen out of the senior picture altogether.
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The 24-year-old has not been named in either the senior Elite Player Squad or the England Saxons line-up for the season ahead.
But Kingsholm rugby director Davies thinks his pre-season form and try-scoring turn against Sale on Saturday indicate a real resurgence for the former Cirencester RFC junior.
Davies explained: "Henry's playing very well, he's had a great pre-season and he's shown up really well for us.
"We're very optimistic that he's going to have a great season this year.
"I think he can put together a run of games now, and push himself back into the thoughts of the England camp.
"From speaking to the coaches at England I know they think extremely highly of Henry, and they would be very keen to see him produce a string of games and get regular rugby now he's fit.
"Henry is extremely sharp at the moment, and you saw on Saturday that he can always go looking for the ball if that's what's required.
"He can pop in places like that now, the kind of areas that maybe you wouldn't necessarily immediately expect.
"And it's that ability to pick a line, that's dangerous.
"He's a clever player, he knows how to make things happen, and he offers something different to the backline."
Gloucester take on Saracens at Allianz Park on Sunday (kick-off 2pm), desperate to shrug off their 22-16 opening league defeat to Sale Sharks.
And boss Davies admits fly-half Freddie Burns will be equally desperate to sharpen up his own personal approach.
Davies added: "Freddie won't be happy with his performance on Saturday, but he was trying to play a lot of make-up rugby off the back of not great possession.
"On the back-foot with scraps of ball it's not great for any 10, so when we're on the front foot and we've got clear possession it's a different ball game altogether.
"We've got to sort the set-piece out, it's as simple as that, and it won't be as poor as that again – we must not let it."