LITESPORT London Lite Thursday, 24 September 2009 41 French farce highlighted by Fluteys shoulder op ROB ANDREW has admitted Riki Fluteys shoulder injury brings into sharp focus the problems England have with key players being based in France. Flutey, 29, has been ruled out of Englands November international campaign after aggravating a long-standing problem on his debut for French club Brive earlier this month. The England medical team did not want Flutey to play but did not have the jurisdiction to remove him from the game. Twickenhams director of elite rugby Andrew said: We expressed very clearly our concerns a year ago as to how moving to France would impact on a players international selection because we dont have the same level of control with the players we would want, said Andrew. We are monitoring very closely just what impact this will have over the course of the season because when we come to next year -- the last season before the World Cup -- we need to be crystal clear what issues we might have. Rugby chiefs aware sport needscleanup RUGBY has taken its first step towards cleaning up its image by launching a campaign to promote and protect the sports five core values. The project was set up by the RFU in conjunction with Premier Rugby and the players union to address concerns that standards are falling. The core values were identified as teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. As we have seen this summer there are new challenges, said Damian Hopley, chief executive of the Professional Rugby Players Association. The key issue is how we react. This is a very positive step forward. DAN WARD-SMITH goes into Wasps huge showdown at London Irish on Sunday admitting: Im not happy with my form. But Adams Park fans should not worry too much about the current per- formances of the man known as Robo- cop in a team sitting pretty at the top of the Guinness Premiership. The problem is Robocop has gone psycho -- and signed up an analyst to help him break into the England set-up. Three years ago at Bristol, the 6ft 4in No8 was heralded as the man to replace World Cup-winner Lawrence Dallaglio (below) before rupturing knee liga- ments. Last summer he quit relegated Bristol to join Wasps and signed up sports psychologist Kim Ingleby to help him reach his full potential. And that process sets very high standards. The 31- year-old explains: Physically I do feel great, but I am not happy with my form because I know there is a lot more still to come. It is up to me to put in the perform- ances that my physical abilities suggest I can giveforthisclub.Having started working with Kim, I go onto the pitch expecting to have a stormer in every game which makes it frustrating when I come off dissatisfied. I know what my potential is and, as yet, I havent fulfilled it and when I play at my very best, I believe that will be good enough to warrant inclusion in the England squad. Ward-Smith identified Wasps as the right place to push himself back into England contention whenheleftBristolastheirsquad features hugely experienced Test players and some of Englands brightest young talents. Now, he is wearing the No8 jersey made famous by ex-England legend Dallaglio and the Irish clash will be another opportunity for Ward-Smith to push himself to the limit. He said: It was a long-term decision to opt for Wasps and it all revolved around becoming a better player. I had other options but when the chance to join Wasps came up I grabbed it with both hands. This club has a reputation for help- ing players become the best they can and having had that serious injury in 2006, I did find it tough to recapture my best form even though I dont have any physical problems with the leg. It took me two years to bounce back from the injury and last year wasnt very suc- cessful with Bristol being relegated, but here at Wasps there are no excuses. Its not too late for me to reach Test level and they wouldnt have put me in the current Saxons squad if it was felt to be a waste of time. I have not yet reached my peak and can still learn a from the coaches at Wasps. Meanwhile, Simon Shaw, the Lions andEnglandlock,isstillunabletotrain fully as he attempts to recover from a metatarsal injury to his left foot. Shaw had a scan last night and hopes to be given the all clear within two weeks. BY NEAL COLLINS Analyse that: Dan Ward-Smith bursts through against Worcester Robocops going Psycho in his bid for England spot GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP P W D L F A PTS WASPS 3 3 0 0 66 33 12 SARACENS 3 3 0 0 59 39 12 LONDON IRISH 3 2 0 1 110 35 11 NHAMPTON 3 2 0 1 63 50 9 LEICESTER 3 2 0 1 42 30 9 SALE 3 1 1 1 43 53 6 WORCESTER 3 1 0 2 47 50 5 BATH 3 1 0 2 45 53 5 GLOUCESTER 3 1 0 2 48 72 4 NEWCASTLE 3 0 2 1 31 40 4 LEEDS C 3 0 1 2 23 92 12 HARLEQUINS 3 0 0 3 33 63 1 TomorrowNewcastlevHarlequins(8pm). SaturdayBathvLeicester(6.05pm,SS2), NorthamptonvLeeds(3pm),WorcesterWarriors vSale(3pm). SundayLondonIrishvWasps(3pm),Saracensv Gloucester(3pm). WEEKEND FIXTURESments. Last summer he quit relegated Bristol to join Wasps and signed up sports psychologist Kim Ingleby to help him reach his And that process sets very high standards. The 31- year-old explains: Physically I do feel great, but I am not happy with my form because I It is up to me to put in the perform- ances that my physical abilities suggest I can giveforthisclub.Having started working with Kim, I go onto the pitch expecting to have a stormer in every game which makes it frustrating when I come off dissatisfied. and, as yet, I havent fulfilled it and when I play at my very Ward-Smith identified Wasps as the right place to push himself back into England contention whenheleftBristolastheirsquad features hugely experienced Test players and some of Englands brightest young talents. Now, he for England spot THIS weekend, Guinness will be bringing the Guinness Premiership to life by offering you the chance to be at one of the two big showdowns in London this weekend. On Sunday, third-placed London Irish take on table-topping Wasps at the Madejski Stadium and Saracens --currently in second place -- play Gloucester at Vicarage Road. This September, Guinness is not only celebrating the new Guinness Premiership season getting underway but yesterday the nation joined stars such as Tom Jones, Kasabian and the Black Eyed Peas in raising a toast to Arthur Guinness to mark the 250 years since he signed the 9,000 year lease on the St. Jamess Gate brewery. To bring the start of the season to life for you and a mate, LiteSport has teamed up with the brewers of Guinness to offer you the chance to win tickets to one of the above matches. To enter all you have to do is specify which match you wish to attend (Irish or Saracens) and answer the following question correctly: Which London club currently tops the Guinness Premiership? Text LL SPORT with your answer, name and a number where you can be reached to 65400. (Texts cost 50p plus standard network charges). Or, e-mail us at sport.win@thelondonlite. co.uk and leave the same details (please specify Guinness and Irish or Saracens in the subject field). 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