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Alex Goode: Chris Ashton will bounce back from England pain again

Saracens full-back saw how much it hurt his team-mate to be left out of England’s World Cup squad and believes he will return in peak condition after his ban

Alex Goode knows better than most how Chris Ashton felt when he was omitted from England’s World Cup squad last year. Having fought his way back into contention under Eddie Jones only to be suspended for the Six Nations, Ashton’s pain is being felt by his Saracens team-mate once again.

“I know more than anyone in the group how much it meant for Chris to miss out on the World Cup, not being picked,” Goode said. “It does hurt him deep down and this was his chance to come back and prove people wrong, to show what a good player he is and how well he’s been playing all year. To not have that chance, it’s harsh on him.”

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