Gibson: Snubbed Saints proving a point after World Cup omission


Jamie Gibson feels the Northampton Saints players who were left out of England's Rugby World Cup squad have been eager to prove a point early this season.

Former England head coach Stuart Lancaster was criticised for overlooking Luther Burrell, with Sam Burgess preferred to the Saints centre.  

Wing Ben Foden also missed out after recovering from a serious knee injury, but he has hit the ground running on his return for the Premiership side this season.

Flanker Gibson, who joined Northampton from Leicester Tigers ahead of this season, has noticed a hunger among the Northampton side to ensure they are part of a new England era under Eddie Jones.

He told Omnisport: "There were a few players who would consider themselves unfortunate not to get in the World Cup squad and you can see they feel they have a point to prove with the way they have started this season.

"They came back in for pre-season late, but have looked really hungry with the way they have performed. The likes of Luther, Ben Foden has come back in and done really well."

The 25-year-old harbours his own international ambitions, having been named in the England squad in 2012 but is yet to make his debut for his country.

But Gibson knows he must be consistent for Saints in order to catch Jones' eye.

He added: "You've just got to concentrate on playing well at club level. There are aspirations to play for England, but all you can do is look to play well for your club."