Joseph hopes to follow Guscott path

Jonathan Joseph says it's an 'honour' to be compared to Jeremy Guscott

Jonathan Joseph says it's an 'honour' to be compared to Jeremy Guscott

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England centre Jonathan Joseph welcomes comparisons to Jeremy Guscott but is aware the real challenge is to live up to them.

Guscott won 65 England caps over a 10-year career, he played in eight Tests for the British and Irish Lions and is considered one of the great centres to have worn the red rose.

"I quite like the comparison. I've been told it a few times and it's great to be compared to a player like Jeremy Guscott. It's a great honour," Joseph said. "I just have to keep working hard on what I am trying to bring to rugby and my game."

Joseph added: "I'm different to a few of the centres we've got and the coaches know that. It's about getting my game as good as it can be. It's great for me to learn off Mike Catt and Andy Farrell and the senior players.

"I like getting the ball in my hands, creating space for others and myself and using footwork. That's my best attribute but you have to get front ball to do that. It's getting the right balance."

Joseph made his debut against the Springboks on the summer tour but missed the Tests against Fiji and Australia after suffering an ankle injury just before England's pre-autumn training camp.

It was bad timing for Joseph, who was hoping to retain the outside centre jersey after helping England to a 14-14 draw with the Springboks in Port Elizabeth.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster will confirm his line-up tomorrow but Joseph seems likely to return to the fold on the bench, with Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt the starting centres.

Joseph is relishing the prospect of locking horns with the Springboks again, this time on home soil, and of winning his first cap at Twickenham.

"My timing doesn't seem to be that great with injuries. You just have to get back as quickly as possible. I'm ready to go now," Joseph said. "It's a huge honour to be involved in a Test match against Twickenham. It will be awesome"


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