Northampton Saints starlet Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi is relishing his chance for some Aviva Premiership Rugby action in the coming weeks.
The 20-year-old prop impressed off the bench in Northampton’s LV= Cup clashes with Leicester Tigers and Newcastle Falcons, but missed their final pool victory over Wasps last weekend through injury.
And with the squad missing several of its international stars and the fitness of Alex Corbisiero uncertain, the England Under-20 young gun insists he is ready to put his hand up to help Northampton’s title push.
“With so many of the senior players away at the moment on international duty it is a good chance for me, and it will be interesting to see how it pans out over the next couple of weeks,” he said.
“It’s a good chance for a lot of people to step up and everyone here wants to keep on winning, and I think we’ve got that strength in depth to kick on.
“It’s been great for me to get some LV= Cup experience as it helps you learn where you are in relation to the guys that are competing at the highest level.
“There are younger guys like me in there, but then again there are guys that are playing in the Aviva Premiership Rugby each week, so it’s a good opportunity to show yourself on that stage and show what you’re about.
“Northampton as a club want to win every competition we’re in so the LV= Cup is as high on the agenda as anything else.
“We put young guys in to give them a chance, but we also make sure there is a strong side out there week in, week out to ensure we give ourselves the best chance of winning.
“So we just have to get that right mix in the LV= Cup and I think we’re doing that.”
Hobbs-Awoyemi admits he is still learning his trade, but points out his stint with Championship side Moseley this season has helped his progress in the scrum and line-out massively.
But the biggest help of all are the front-rowers around him at Saints, and with British & Irish Lion Corbisiero and last year’s breakthrough star Ethan Waller on hand to help out, Hobbs-Awoyemi believes he can make the same step in no time.
He added: “Corbs has been there for me a lot this season to give me a helping hand. He’s more than happy to go through scrums and talk things through with me to help me as much as possible.
“So it’s good. They all do it to be honest. Ethan is another one who is still young but has a lot of experience behind him so he helps me where he can too.
“It’s very much a squad effort at Northampton and that’s massive for all the younger players.”
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