Chris Pennell is relishing what could be his debut for England against New Zealand
Last Updated: 05/06/14 11:33am
Chris Pennell is determined to make the most of his opportunity if he makes his international debut for England against New Zealand in the first Test on Saturday.
The Worcester Warriors vice-captain has been named amongst the replacements by Stuart Lancaster for the clash at Eden Park and will make his debut if he comes on.
The 27-year-old is focused on delivering his best should he come on, and admits he will relish the atmosphere of the occasion.
He 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.”
Lancaster named his side on Wednesday and Pennell was delighted to discover he was in the squad.
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.
He added: "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.”
Pennell is grateful for all the messages of support he has received, including from the Warriors fans.
"I've been inundated with messages from fans wishing me luck ahead of the game and I thank all of them for their support,” he said.
"I know there will be a lot of people back home watching the game on Saturday and cheering me on. And that means everything to me.”