Sam pulls on his England jersey

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FORMER Sudbury Rugby Club prop Sam Lockwood has spoken of his pride at playing with the English rose on his chest for the first time.

The 22-year-old Leeds Metroploitan University student, who progressed at Sudbury from the youth sides to the first team, only found out at the beginning of the month he had been selected for the England Students squad.

And on the eve of Martin Johnson’s England’s crunch game with France in the Six Nations, Lockwood picked up his first national cap, beating the French students 25-23 at Richmond under lights, where his family were proudly watching on in the crowd.

“It has been pretty good, I have been in camp down in London going through our training and physiotherapy,” said Lockwood.

“It has been a pretty exciting week to be honest, meeting all the players and playing my first game was a big moment in my life, and I was very proud to be turning out for my country.”

Lockwood, who plays loose-head prop, was briefly back in Sudbury this week ahead of flying out to Lisbon, Portugal yesterday for an away test in the Estadio Universitario De Lisboa tomorrow, and he could not wait.

He said: “It is my first ever England representative away game and I have never been on tour before, so it should be interesting.”