Dallaglio keen for World Cup

Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio has not given up hope of playing in this year's World Cup despite having to battle for his place in the Wasps starting line-up. [more]

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Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio has not given up hope of playing in this year’s World Cup despite having to battle for his place in the Wasps starting line-up.

Dallaglio is relishing the challenge presented by young contenders James Haskell and Tom Rees – both capped by England in this year’s Six Nations – as Wasps target the

Heineken Cup and Guinness Premiership double.
With England flanker Joe Worsely, Ireland’s Jonny O’Connor and Samoan Dan Leo also in the shake-up, the club captain is certainly not making any assumptions about his place in the starting line-up for Sunday’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Northampton at Coventry City’s Ricoh Arena.

He was rested for last weekend’s league "rehearsal" against the Premiership strugglers, which Wasps won 35-29, and substituted in the second half of their previous two matches.

"Jonny O’Connor came back and put in a wonderful performance at the weekend. The quality is there, with both youth and experience," said 34-year-old Dallaglio, who insisted that he has no thoughts of quitting at the end of the season.

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"Everyone’s an international and everyone’s a quality player. That gives us enormous flexibility.

"I’m looking forward to the game whatever role I’m asked to play."

Dallaglio had raised questions about his own future a few weeks ago but dismissed them on Tuesday, stating: "I must have got out of bed the wrong side that day.

"I’m certainly not going to be retiring at the end of this season.

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