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Geraghty hopes for England return

Shane Geraghty
Geraghty made his England debut against France in 2007.

Fit-again London Irish fly-half Shane Geraghty is determined to break back into the England team this autumn.

Geraghty, 22, will make his first start of the season at Harlequins in the EDF Cup on Saturday after an ankle injury.

He told BBC Radio Berkshire: "My priority is to get back and perform at levels I was at last year and beyond.

"Then I can go to England attack coach Brian Smith and say that I'm playing well and ask if I'll get an opportunity to play in the autumn internationals."

Geraghty, who also plays at centre, turned out twice for England in the 2007 Six Nations and is confident he can play his way back into the international frame.

"Any player on the outskirts of the England team will be saying they're good enough to be in there, otherwise there's no point in even striving to play for England," he explained.

The Coventry-born player will be competing with Danny Cipriani for the fly-half berth and admits he has been happy for the spotlight to be on the Wasps player.

"I tend not to read too much into what everyone else is saying about any of the players. I've had the time to concentrate on myself and on getting fit," Geraghty added.

"It was frustrating that, having had the shoulder operation and got that sorted, I would have been fit for the start of the season but I rolled my ankle."

Geraghty will also be vying for a place in the England side with his former London Irish team-mate, New Zealand-born Riki Flutey.

"We had a training session a couple of months ago and Riki fitted in so well and all the boys took to him," he stated.

"He had a great season last year and he's there by right and congratulations to him."

Harlequins versus London Irish kicks off at 1500 BST and full commentary is on BBC Radio Berkshire.

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