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Kvesic fixed on driving Gloucester Rugby forward

David Humphreys may be backing Matt Kvesic for an England recall, but the Gloucester Rugby flanker insists he is more focused on helping the Cherry & Whites continue to make strides forward this season.

A dogged display by the 22-year-old helped his side conquer their nerves to secure a 21-9 victory over London Irish at the weekend, ending a run of three consecutive Aviva Premiership Rugby defeats.

Kvesic’s man-of-the-match performance led director of rugby Humphreys to assert the young back row deserves to add to his two England caps when international duties resume next year.

Although the man himself was flattered by Humphreys’ praise, he admits those views will count for nothing unless he can sustain his sterling run of form.

But with the Gloucester pack steadily improving under the guidance of Humphreys and head coach Laurie Fisher, Kvesic is confident his side will carry their momentum into Europe and beyond.

“It’s always nice to be spoken of in those terms but I know now that it’s about backing these performances up rather than thinking about international recognition,” he told Gloucester Rugby TV.

“I’m obviously out of the reckoning for the moment but if I can keep playing and playing well then I can hopefully be knocking on the door soon but right now I’m more focused on maintaining these performances.

“There is definitely more to come from me and with the coaches we have here I’ll be able to keep improving and that’s been shown over the last few weeks.

“That’s not just myself but the other guys who are still improving as well – we are going to peak and trough as the season goes on with the new coaches and boys dropping in and out for the internationals.

“As a squad there is a lot of learning and a lot of improving left to do but it’s an exciting time to be at Gloucester.”

Kvesic does not have far to look for inspiration on how to make an impression on the international stage with Gloucester No.8 Ben Morgan starring in England’s recent victory over Australia.

And though the Cherry & Whites will be boosted by Morgan’s return, Kvesic insists he will not necessarily walk straight in to a competitive back row.

“It will absolutely be great to get Ben back alongside me – he was excellent against the Aussies on the weekend with his two tries,” he added.

“But the win over Irish was Gareth Evans’ first start back after injury and he was awesome. He played really well, carried well and gave us a good momentum going forward.

“So there is a lot of competition in this Gloucester back row for starting places and that’s what we need as a squad.

“We’re pushing each other for places and improving each other all the time in training and that’s excellent to see.”

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