ENGLAND’s resurgence as a rugby union nation has come as no surprise to one Worksop man.
Phil Pask is a physio with Martin Johnson’s England squad, working to keep the country’s top stars fit, or help them recover from injury.
With a massive Six Nations game against Scotland this weekend, and a ‘Grandslam’ still a prospect for England, the Northampton-based physio said everyone involved with England rugby knew that the team would get back to challenging for honours.
“We’re turning a corner,” he said.
“We always knew it was going to happen.”
“We had a couple of lean years after the World Cup, but you could see the signs about a year ago.”
Pask had a six month break from international rugby after the 2007 World Cup, but when Johnson took over as national coach, the Worksop man was delighted to return.
“He asked me to come back and it took less than a minute to make up my mind.”
“I was Johnno’s physio when he was England captain, I played against him and now I work with him, he’s an icon and there are few players in rugby with that status.”
“He’s passionate about English rugby, and we’ve all got that in common so it feeds back to the players.”
With more than 160 international games under his belt, Pask is part of the furniture in the national set-up, but insists his job is still a real source of pride.
“It’s an honour, every game is a privilege and you don’t take it for granted,” he said.
And looking ahead to this weekend, Pask added: “The Scots will play out of their skins against England, but if we win, what a finish it will be in Ireland.”
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend.”