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Door still open for Dallaglio, Ashton insists

Door still open for Dallaglio, Ashton insists

England rugby union coach Brian Ashton has insisted that the door to the national team is not closed to Lawrence Dallaglio despite the veteran's recent outburst.
The 35-year-old Wasps back-rower was scathing towards Ashton and the rest of the coaching set-up at this year's World Cup in his autobiography.
But Ashton, who is staying on as England manager after leading the team to the World Cup final, says he will not exclude anyone who is fit and available.
"I never have been and never will be a vindictive man," he told the Sunday Mirror. "If I think a player is the best in that position, or the best servant for England in that position, then he will get selected - it is that simple.
"You cannot operate selection by saying, 'I am not going to pick him or him'. You can't operate like that.
"I didn't like the criticism but, to be honest, it just washed over me. It didn't affect me at all.
"So my message to everyone is that the door is open unless you have retired from international rugby."
Dallaglio, who has won 85 caps, side-stepped questions Saturday night about retiring after Wasps' match against Gloucester and told Sky Sports: "I'm keeping my powder dry just a little bit longer. I'm not retiring just yet."


Updated : 2021-01-19 04:43 GMT+08:00