BEN Foden has revealed how a letter from his old coach at Chester RUFC gave him extra inspiration for England’s Six Nations opener.
England boss Stuart Lancaster contacted the friends and family of all his players prior to Saturday’s Murrayfield showdown with Scotland, asking them to give their thoughts on what it means to see a loved one representing their country.
Foden, 26, had responses from his parents, brother, sister and godfather as well as his former team manager at Chester, Dave Walsh.
The Northampton Saints full- back said: “My dad is a massive rugby enthusiast anyway so I know he is always behind me but when I saw the things written from Dave Walsh it really made me think.
“I forgot it means a lot to guys like that who were a big influence on my career when I was a young lad.
“It is great to see the level of support runs deep.”
Cholmondeley-raised Foden, who joined Chester when he was seven years old and rose through the ranks at Hare Lane before finding national stardom, has hung the framed set of letters on a wall at his home near Harpenden, in Hertfordshire.
He played in England’s 13-6 win over the Scots and is expected to start at fullback for this Saturday’s meeting with Italy in Rome (4pm ko).