BEN Foden has not made it into the England side to face Australia on Saturday despite manager Martin Johnson being hampered by 27 injuries to his Elite squad.
The versatile former Chester scrum-half, now plying his trade in the Guinness Premiership with Northampton Saints, has not been selected as Johnson tries to fight the Southern Hemisphere side’s fire with a blaze of his own.
The guile and skill Foden brings to the team in both his preferred position and at fullback has been sacrificed in favour of the raw power of Harlequins’ Ugo Monye and Danny Care at fullback and scrum-half respectively.
The 24-year-old former Bishop Heber High School pupil is still part of England’s autumn internationals Elite squad and may get his chance against Argentina on November 14 or New Zealand on November 21.
Chester director of rugby Tim Doig said that although the omission of Foden, who became the first Chester player ever to represent England during the Six Nations, was disappointing, he was certain he would get a chance to shine.
“We always look for Northampton’s results in the Press each week and it is great to see Ben doing well,” he said.
“He was almost there, on the verge of getting himself a starting place and then the England management have changed their minds.
“It is a shame because he is a quality player but it is that quality which means he will get another chance and then he will convince the selectors that he is worthy of his spot.”