Biggs to make most of shock England call-up
HULL-born Tom Biggs intends to make the most of his call-up to England's training squad ahead of Saturday's clash with New Zealand.
Biggs replaces Ugo Monye in the 34-man squad and he knows he has his work cut out to be involved at Twickenham for the final game in the QBE Autumn internationals.
The 28-year-old has been rewarded for a solid season for Bath in both the Aviva Premiership and the Heineken Cup and will be out to impress Stuart Lancaster after being called-up.
"I got the call from Stuart on Sunday afternoon," Biggs told the Mail. "He told me Ugo was out after injuring himself playing for Harlequins in their 21-18 defeat to us on Friday night.
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"Stuart asked me to come down to Pennyhill Park as part of the training squad. I'm very pleased and proud to be involved.
"I have a lot of work to do to impress Stuart, but I intend to use every moment of my time there to soak up everything and learn as much as I can.
"Whether I'm involved or not on Saturday, it is a great opportunity."
Although Lancaster is likely to stick with Chris Ashton and Mike Brown for the visit of the world champions to Twickenham, Biggs admits being involved in the England set-up was one of his goals at the start of the season.
The former Hymers student is a key player for England Saxons and is always in contact with Lancaster about his future.
"I spoke with Stuart before the main squad was announced for the autumn matches," Biggs said.
"He told me I was close to being selected which is great to hear. It's up to me now to show him what I can do.
"I have been pleased with my form for Bath this season.
"One of the reasons why I joined Bath was to be involved in the England set-up.
"Even if I'm not involved on Saturday, I am very close to being involved."
Bath have supplied members of the England squad for many years and this year is no different.
But ahead of the biggest two days of his career, Biggs is more excited than nervous.
"I have been getting feedback from my coaches at Bath and that has helped me get to this point," he said.
"There are always nerves when you are involved in things like this.
"I wouldn't say I'm nervous, it's more a feeling of excitement.
"I know a lot of the players in the squad already so that doesn't hold any fears for me."