England's Pennell desperate for chance to show off his skills in first Test

CHRIS PENNELL: Named in England's match-day squad for the first Test in New Zealand.

CHRIS PENNELL: Named in England's match-day squad for the first Test in New Zealand.

First published in Sport

CHRIS Pennell can't wait to soak up the atmosphere at Eden Park when England tackle New Zealand in the first Test on Saturday.

The Worcester Warriors full-back has been named among the replacements for the game and will make his international debut if he comes on.

Worcester's vice-captain said: "I'm desperate to get out there at Eden Park, soak up the atmosphere and be a part of what promises to be a superb game at the top level of rugby.

"Hopefully, I'll get an opportunity to show what I can do. I don't think I'll face many tougher tests and I'm really looking forward to it.

"I've been making sure I get everything in place so I can perform as well as I possibly can should I come on.”

England head coach Stuart Lancaster named his side on Wednesday evening and Pennell admitted he was delighted when he discovered he was in the match-day squad.

The Worcester-born 27-year-old continued: "I had a fairly big smile on my face when the team was announced and I'm hugely appreciative to Stuart for giving me the opportunity.

"But I quickly came back down to earth and realised there's a game to be played. So I'm focused on the match and trying to take in as much information as I can.”

Warriors fans will be tuning in on Saturday to cheer on their hero when the match gets under way at 8.35am (BST).

Pennell was quick to pay tribute to them for their support after being one of the bright lights in a dismal season for Worcester that ended in relegation from the Aviva Premiership.

He added: "I've been inundated with messages from fans wishing me luck ahead of the game and I thank all of them for their support.

"I know there will be a lot of people back home watching the game on Saturday and cheering me on. That means everything to me.”


Post a comment

Remember you are personally responsible for what you post on this site and must abide by our site terms. Do not post anything that is false, abusive or malicious. If you wish to complain, please use the ‘report this post’ link.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree