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Don Armand desperate to grasp England chance

Don Armand desperate to grasp England chance

Don Armand says he is ready to play wherever he's needed after being called up by England for the Six Nations finale against Ireland.

Eddie Jones' back-row options for the visit of the newly crowned champions to Twickenham on Saturday have been severely limited by injury with Nathan Hughes and Courtney Lawes the latest casualties after both suffered knee problems in the 22-16 loss to France.

Billy Vunipola, Sam Underhill, Tom Curry and Zach Mercer are already unavailable, and with No.8 Sam Simmonds struggling for fitness, it looks likely Exeter's Armand will be involved in the matchday 23 in some capacity.

Having been given his England debut last June against Argentina off the back of his man of the match performance in the Chiefs' Aviva Premiership grand final win, the 29-year-old has since been overlooked by Jones due to concerns about his work rate.

Armand is now determined to prove to the Australian coach he was wrong not to select him for previous England matches and is prepared to play any position across the back-row in order to get on the field.

"I think I can do a job in all three positions so it is wherever I am needed," he told BBC Sport.

"It feels great to get a bit of recognition, to come up here and show what I am about whether it is just to train or go and make the 23. It is just a good opportunity and really exciting.

"Everyone is on top of their game so it's the next level up - it's a lot quicker, it's more fierce. And the referees officiate the Premiership a slightly differently way to internationals.

"You can watch an international and not even notice anything wrong with the breakdown and obviously when it's being highlighted you can pick up a lot of differences."

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