Gloucester’s number eight, Ben Morgan picked up a shoulder injury during last Tuesday’s training session while at camp with England during the Quilter Internationals.
After missing out on selection for the 35-man squad ahead of the New Zealand match this weekend, combined with being dropped before the South Africa test, Morgan will have to wait a little longer before receiving his 32nd cap.
He has been part of the training squad in Portugal for the Autumn Internationals since October. Morgan has not played international rugby since the World Cup in 2015, but has now been given the chance to prove himself after impressing for the Cherry and Whites so far this season.
With 31 caps to his name, he is the third-most capped forward in Eddie Jones’ squad, having a tough few years with consistent injuries, it was never in his character to give up on his England dreams.
Gloucestershire Live Sports reporter, Rob Iles spoke to Park life sport: “RFU released the squad stating who would be at training on Monday, Ben Morgan wasn’t included with a note stating that he was injured after a shoulder knock in training last week.
“It’s great to see him be called up after three years, Morgan did lots of fitness work last summer and came back at the start of the season looking a lot leaner.”
Johan Ackermann was appointed head coach last season and a few players struggled to adapt to his style of coaching, Morgan being one of these players.
The 29-year-old has earned himself a place in the first team squad this season for Gloucester, where he hoped and prepared to reach the last 25 players in the squads during the Autumn series.
Ben Morgan told Gloucestershire Live: “Last year when I was injured so much, I couldn’t even throw my name in the hat. When you’re injured and not playing, you don’t deserve to be up there. You have to prove you’re worth and why you’re there.”
I’m not the sort of person to give up. I thought I’ll give my all and see what happens. Thankfully I made it back into the training camp.”
Last season for the Cherry and Whites, Morgan was struggling to put his foot into the Gloucester first team let alone the England squad. His form last season resulted in a battle after tearing his hamstring during pre-season. After sitting down with Ackermann last season they came up with a plan to on how he could develop for the 2018/19 season and to continue pushing for a spot in the England squad. The possibility that Morgan could have been selected for training camp could have been down to other injuries from players, however he does have lots of experience under his belt. Where hopefully he will have a strong recovery and make the 35-man squad against Japan in 2 weeks time.