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Bath Rugby’s Ewels eyeing England chance

Lock Charlie Ewels has been an ever-present in Bath Rugby’s supreme start to the Aviva Premiership Rugby season and hopes his England breakthrough is not far away.

The Blue, Black and Whites have won four of their opening five Aviva Premiership Rugby matches and sit third in the league table behind champions Saracens and unbeaten Wasps.

And Ewels’ role has not gone unnoticed, having been named by England head coach Eddie Jones in the 45-man Elite Player Squad ahead of the Autumn Internationals.

The 21-year-old insists his first priority is securing more points for Todd Blackadder’s side against Sale Sharks on Friday night, but Ewels cannot help but dream of soon starring for country as well as club.

“I’ve played quite a bit for Bath this season, which is really nice,” said the former England Under-20s captain, who came through Bath’s academy.

“I’m in the EPS, but being in the 45-man squad is not the goal, I want to play.

“So I’ve got to concentrate on playing as well as I can for Bath and hopefully that will help.”

The sole blot on Bath’s copybook this term came with defeat to Leicester Tigers.

But they bounced back last weekend with a gritty derby defeat of Gloucester Rugby.

And Ewels is keen to build on that momentum when in-form Sale Sharks visit the Rec.

“We didn’t deliver at Leicester Tigers but against Gloucester we did exactly what we had said we would during the week and, though it wasn’t pretty to watch, we got the job done,” added Ewels.

“It was good to bounce back, but we focused more on the performance than the result.

“It’s important not to get too carried away at this time of year. Every game is worth the same number of points, whether it’s played now or in April. You can’t start to become obsessed with the league table.

“We’re never looking too far forwards, for now all we can afford to do is worry about Sale Sharks.

“Sale beat Leicester Tigers last weekend. They’re a well-coached side, good in the set-piece and have some great individuals.

“It’s going to be tough, but if we prepare like we have done then hopefully we can get the right result and give us a nice springboard into the European break.”

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