Duo tipped for England return
Ewen McKenzie will do all he can to help James Haskell and Tom Palmer get back into the England squad.
Last Updated: 11/08/09 3:22pm
Stade Francais coach Ewen McKenzie has vowed to do all he can to help James Haskell and Tom Palmer get back into the England squad.
The former Wasps duo, who made the move to France this summer, were left out of the 32-man elite player squad Martin Johnson named for the coming season.
But, having spoken to the England boss, McKenzie believes back-row forward Haskell and lock Palmer have the ability to re-establish themselves in the squad.
"I've got a good line of communication with Martin Johnson and one of the things I want to do is help these guys re-emerge into international footy," he said. "I'm there for them.
"I'm looking at their skill-sets, the skill-sets Martin Johnson wants, what England are looking for and maybe we can dovetail them and give the boys an opportunity to play their way back in."
The former Australia international added: "England, in a way, are spoilt for choice.
"There is always going to be competition for places and in the end it comes down to opinion.
"It certainly doesn't mean they are bad players by any stretch.
"Tom Palmer's been injured for a while and hasn't had a chance to press his claims and James Haskell is in a very competitive position.
"The back row is always competitive, with lots of options."