Sunday, April 27, 2008
The timing of this clip is poor unfortunately, considering Sale's dismal performance in the European Challenge Cup on Saturday, being hammered by Bath 36-14. But after coming across footage of future England superstar Ben Foden, I felt it needed to be posted.
Foden is currently at Sale where he's been tearing up all opposition with his displays of brilliant running from the back. He's a scrumhalf originally, but has been playing at fullback and is rapidly making the position his own.
Former England fullback Jason Robinson has himself heaped praise on the 22 year old, insisting that had Foden not been injured during the Six Nations, he would have undoutedly commanded the England fullback jersey.
"If Ben hadn't been injured, in my opinion, he would have been nailed on as full-back for England in the Six Nations. He is one of a unique bunch of players who are game-breakers. He's got explosive pace, a fantastic side-step and an eye for the line."
Foden will soon be moving from Sale to the newly promoted Northampton Saints, as part of his quest to secure a starting scrumhalf berth. Robinson however insists that he should stick to fullback.
"When I first started in rugby I was desperate to be a scrum-half, where I had played all my junior rugby. When I signed for Wigan, John Monie said I would never make it as a scrum-half. Given what I've achieved in rugby I'm very grateful for the advice I received."
As you can see by this incredible effort from Foden against Bristol recently, the boy has tremendous speed, stepping, and instinct. Watch this space, as I'm sure we'll be hearing the name Foden for many years to come.
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