Cole pays price for victory
Dan Cole is still in high spirits following England's win against Australia, despite requiring seven stitches.
Last Updated: 21/06/10 7:52pm
Dan Cole is still in high spirits following England's 21-20 victory over Australia, despite requiring seven stitches above his left eye.
The scars of Saturday's second Test win are still very visible on the face of the Leicester prop, who has completed the journey to Napier ahead of the tour match with New Zealand Maori.
A stray boot caused the blood to flow during the clash with the Wallabies on Saturday, but Cole showed admirable commitment by continuing to play.
And now he is taking a humorous approach to the after-effects, although he admitted he may not be so upbeat had England fallen to defeat.
"The air stewardess on our flight over started talking to me as I was looking out the window. I turned round to talk to her and she screamed and almost fell over," Cole said.
He added: "I made a tackle and my head popped up, then someone made a tackle next to me and a boot just caught me. If we had lost it might have been a bit more sore.
"We won and I'm quite happy. If seven stitches is what it takes to win a Test match then I'll take that.
"This is the first time I have played in the southern hemisphere. Not many England teams have won against Australia, in Australia, so to be part of that was great."
Although the Test series with Australia has ended with honours shared, team manager Martin Johnson made it clear the England camp will not let up until they have completed the tour against the Maori on Wednesday.
Johnson said: "We have used the expression 'third Test' ourselves to describe the game. It is the biggest game of the tour for a lot of these boys and they have been training for it since last week."
"It is great for us to be here in the first place and play a tough game and we are happy to be involved in the Maori centenary," he added of the contest.