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Exiles 'fresh start' excites Lamb

Ryan Lamb
Lamb played for England Saxons but has yet to become a full international

Ryan Lamb says he hopes joining London Irish will kick-start his career and boost his international credentials.

Lamb told BBC Berkshire the chance of a fresh start as well as working with the "best coaching team out there" were key to his decision to join the Exiles.

Backs coach Mike Catt said he had been extremely impressed with Lamb's attitude and skills in training.

The veteran fly-half called Lamb "a hell of a talent" and has backed him to flourish in his new environment.

Lamb joined up with London Irish at the start of their pre-season campaign and has been involved in two friendly games against London Welsh and Munster.

He said it is taking him time to get used to London Irish's style of play.

"Mike Catt and Toby Booth are helping me through step-by-step. They've been very patient with me, which I'm very thankful for," he said.

"My career plateaued over the past couple of years. To have someone like Mike Catt, which I didn't have at Gloucester, who's an out-and-out (number) ten and can take me through exactly what they want from a fly-half, is fantastic. I've already learnt a lot.

"I want to play for England - that's the ambition of any young fly-half - it's what you want to do from when you're a child.

"You can see that through Steffon and Delon Armitage, Nick Kennedy, Topsy Ojo and the list goes on - the development process here is fantastic and that's what I wanted to be involved with."

"It's about him coming here, expressing himself and doing what he's good at."

London Irish backs coach, Mike Catt

Last season Lamb had off-field troubles and fell out of favour with former Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan, but Catt hopes he can fulfil his potential at Irish.

"It's about him coming here, expressing himself and doing what he's good at," he said.

"I'm massively pleased with Ryan at the moment. His skill set is fantastic - I don't think we've seen yet what he's capable of doing, but we see it on the training pitch here. I didn't think he was as skilful as that to be honest.

"He has all the bits and pieces and now it's just about the confidence. It's also good for Ryan to sit back and to learn from other people - he's had to try to teach himself at Gloucester and that's been the hardest thing.

"I don't think he's dwelled on the Gloucester side (of things). He's in a completely different environment and he needs to make sure he gets rid of all that and goes out and does what he's good at, because he's a hell of a talent."



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