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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 March 2007, 16:49 GMT
Cueto happy with full-back switch
Mark Cueto
Cueto has scored 13 tries in 18 matches for England
Sale wing Mark Cueto insists he is comfortable at the prospect of taking England's number 15 shirt for Saturday's Six Nations game with Wales.

The 27-year-old has played full-back eight times in five seasons for his club and never before for England but comes in to replace Josh Lewsey.

"Coach Brian Ashton sees me at full-back going forward," he said.

"There is not that much difference between full-back or wing. They are similar and I am comfortable there."


Cueto, who has 18 England caps, only returned to action last month after suffering ankle, abductor and calf problems.

He has not featured in this year's Six Nations so far and says he looking forward to making his senior international return, especially in the wake of the victory over France last weekend.

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"It has been a nightmare," he said. "To be honest I wanted to get back earlier but the boys have been doing well.

"After the win against France the team have got a lot of confidence. It was great to see the young lads doing so well and the atmosphere in the squad is as good as it ever has been."

And Cueto believes playing with Sale team-mate and England wing Jason Robinson, who plays full-back for his club, will help him settle in.

"It will help having Robbo on the wing because we know our games inside out," he said.

"I am going to have to concentrate a bit more because playing wing is second nature to me.

"On the wing you don't just stand there waiting for the ball.

"If you did you might only touch the ball two or three times in a match. You come off your wing and search for it and it is the same at full-back.

"For me it is an even freer role and I see my future there.

"I will be going out to play my usual game. I enjoy playing wing and full-back and I'm quite happy moving between the two."

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