Courtney Lawes: England captain ready for a break after ‘tough year’

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England and Northampton Saints back-row Courtney Lawes admits that this has been “the longest season I can remember” and is looking forward to a break.

The Red Rose skipper played a key role in Northampton’s run to the Premiership play-offs and has been a mainstay in the England team.

He also played for the British and Irish Lions in their three-Test series against South Africa last year and, as a result, has had very little time off.

It hasn’t affected Lawes’ performances, with the flanker outstanding in England’s opening two games in Australia.

Reduction in squad sizes

However, the 33-year-old is very much ready for some time off and blames the reduction in squad sizes due to the lower salary cap in the Premiership as the main reason for his fatigue.

“It has been a tough year, the longest season I can remember for a long while. I don’t know about the number of games,” he said.

“The reduction of the salary cap doesn’t help because now we have got less players and we are going to have to play more. It’s tough.

“The Premiership doesn’t want fewer games because fewer games is less money, but at least let us have a squad size where we can rotate and adjust.

“If Saints pick up two injuries in the back row then I’m in, I’m not getting a rest so that is what it is. Things can be done better.”

Prior to his break, Lawes is fully focused on England’s third and final Test against Australia in Sydney on Saturday.

It is a winner-takes-all encounter after the Red Rose levelled the series in Brisbane following a 25-17 triumph.

Plenty is therefore riding on the contest but the second-row says that it is important they get the training balance right.

Getting the week right

“We’ve got to be careful about what we’re doing and have to make sure we get the week right,” he added.

“The leaders and the management got together and spoke about the importance of getting this week right because we can’t taper off as such and not be ready for the weekend, but we’ve got to make sure we’ve got something in the tank for sure.

“It’s understanding where you are as a team so we’ll take it day by day. We as players will be honest with Eddie. I’m sure we’ll find the right balance.”

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