Few who witnessed Dave Attwood’s unflinching arc of improvement last season will be surprised that the lock forward has been included in Stuart Lancaster’s England Elite Player Squad.
It is utterly deserved. The lock’s form last season meant a call-up for the summer tour of Argentina was a virtual formality and, with the likes of Geoff Parling away with the Lions, Attwood took his chance in South America.
He ran the Red Rose lineout superbly in Argentina and played with the kind of gusto and grunt that Bath fans had witnessed throughout the domestic season.
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