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Willi Heinz reacts to being named in England training squad

Willi Heinz reacts to being named in England training squad
Gloucester Rugby skipper Willi Heinz was last week named in an updated England Rugby squad which assembled on Sunday before training at the Lensbury Hotel this week.

A group of 28 players, including Heinz’s club team mate Val Rapava Ruskin, trained at Pennyhill Park last week and Eddie Jones added a number of Gloucester Rugby and Northampton Saints players who have now completed their mandatory rest period following the end of the Premiership season.

Speaking to the club website, Heinz admitted that he feels privileged to be involved.

“It’s hugely exciting, I feel very privileged to be called into that wider squad. I’m really looking forward to getting in there and rubbing shoulders with some of the very best players in England and working with the coaches as well.

“It’s another opportunity to learn and grow as a player. To have this opportunity is awesome and I’m really excited to get going.”

It won’t be his first experience of training with England. He received a call-up back in May 2017 following the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.

“Having had that little taste of training with the squad a couple of years ago was awesome. It was such an unbelievable environment to go into to see the level of professionalism and the quality of coaching and quality of players around you.

“It was very impressive and I’m just excited to have another chance to experience it and hopefully put my best foot forward.”

He’s now enjoyed four seasons in the Cherry and White of Gloucester Rugby, captaining the side in the last two, and has made 80 appearances in total. He’s vastly experienced, and experience has taught him to not get too carried away by the call-up and to simply try and do himself justice.

“You can’t look too far ahead. You’ve just got to go in there and make the most of every moment that you’re given, whether it’s out on the training paddock or in the gym. Whatever it is, you’ve just got to put the best version of yourself out there and that’s all you can really control.

“Last season was a real step forward for us at Gloucester Rugby, although we had a bit of a disappointing finish in the semi-final. But it’s great to see a number of our players being recognised at international level, not just with England but also the boys with Italy and Franco with South Africa.

“It’s great for the club to have boys pushing for higher honours and I wish them all the best as well.”
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