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Rugby ace stays grounded

HIGH HOPES: Delon Armitage

ENGLAND RUGBY star Delon Armitage is taking nothing for granted where the upcoming World Cup is concerned. The full-back survived the recent cull of the England squad but is aware that there is still lots of work to do if he is to make the final cut.

Trinidad-born Armitage said: "It has been quite tough with the training but I got the phone call to say I was coming back so it was nice to still be involved," said the 27 year-old.

"When you see talent like James Simpson-Daniel get sent home, it is quite tough but you don't want to think too far ahead as obviously you can go as easily as he did.

"The focus is just on trying to stay here as long as possible and obviously whatever I am doing is the right thing so I need to continue to do that or even better so I can get into that 30."

"We know there are 40 here and that doesn't go into 30, so we know people will get sent home but we are all in this together and we all want the same thing, and that is to go to the World Cup and get a good result," he said.

"The guys been together a while now and we all get on really well. There are no egos, we are all working for each other and pushing each other - whether it is in fitness, in the gym, wherever, we are all helping each other along."

The London Irish star added: "It has always been my dream and everything is working towards that.

Ten players are still to be cut from the squad by August 22.

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