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Dallaglio Backs Stevens For England

Lawrence Dallaglio has backed Matt Stevens to force his way into England’s 2011 Rugby World Cup plans after the banned prop announced his comeback.

Stevens, who quit Bath after receiving a two-year ban for taking cocaine, will join Saracens when his suspension expires in January next year.

Dallaglio said: “Matt is proven at the highest level and I am sure he will come back not just at that level but he has the potential to become an even better player than he was before.”

Dallaglio, now a board director at Wasps, had offered Stevens a future at Adams Park in the belief he will return from suspension better and more determined than before.

Stevens will only have eight months from his return to action before the World Cup begins in New Zealand but England are sorely missing his front-row presence.

Martin Johnson’s tight-head options for the RBS 6 Nations – Bath’s David Wilson and Leicester’s Dan Cole – boast great potential but just four caps between them.

Dallaglio added: “He will end up being even more determined because failure does fuel success. He will be fuelled by a desire to prove people wrong and silence the doubters.

“You don’t run before you can walk and he will have to put down some foundations and he has got to find out where he is at – but if his track record is anything to go by it won’t take him too long to get back on track.”

Dallaglio had offered Stevens a route back into the game because he felt rugby authorities had not shown him enough support for his drug problem.

“The message I was trying to get across was that you shouldn’t shut the door on people who have made a mistake because we always make mistakes,” said Dallaglio. “Hopefully he can get his career back to where we all think it can get to – and in doing so probably become a role model for people who are tempted to make similar mistakes themselves. Good luck to him.”

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