Marcus Smith still hopeful of meeting France despite England missing out, says Harlequins boss



Harlequins head coach Tabai Matson has forced Marcus Smith into the England squad against France this weekend after his impressive performances for his side.

Smith has been released from England for Queen’s duty in Saturday’s Premier League clash with Exeter at Twickenham.

Steve Borthwick signed Sale fly-half George Ford in his 26-man squad ahead of Smith for a three-day training camp in England this week. England boss insists Smith is still fit for the upcoming Six Nations clash against France and Matson agrees.

“Marcus for what he did to Queens in an England shirt, so Saturday’s game will give him a ‘remember me?’ I can do it differently.’ “He’s coming back to us with real energy, he wants to play well and he’s helped with the game plan.”

Smith came off the bench in England’s 20-10 win over Wales in Cardiff last Saturday, but only 14 seconds into the game-winning goal.

England have also released attack coach Nick Evans in his Harlequin role for midweek training, while the former New Zealand fly-half could be allowed to train for Saturday’s Premier League clash against the Chiefs.

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