LITESPORT NICK KENNEDY goes into tomorrows Heineken Cup clash against Llanelli Scarlets with a promise to his mum: I wont swear at the Madejski. Giant lock Kennedy reacted angrily during the shock 12-9 Pool Six win over Leinster last Friday in Dublin, an out- burst that resulted in Shane Jennings being banned for 12 weeks by a Euro- pean Rugby Cup disciplinary hearing. Kennedy pointed to a mark close to his left eye and made his feelings clear to referee Romain Poite when the incident happened at the RDS Stadium. Unfortunately, the official was wearing a microphone and Kennedys subsequent swearing was transmitted live, earning the 28-year-old a telling off from his mum. Kennedy said: I am not very proud of what I said and my mother is not happy at all -- and told me so. I just have to remember referees are wearing micro- phones. My eye is fine after the incident and I have apologised for my language. The 6ft 8in second-row, who is currently in the England Saxons squad, is desperate to regain a place in the senior team for the November internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand. It will require an injury to allow team manager Martin Johnson to adjust that squad and with Wasps Simon Shaw struggling to over- come a metatarsal injury, it could happen. On form, he deserves to be elevated to the main squad, having helped Irish moveintothirdplaceinthePremiership and register that superb victory over Leinster, the reigning European cham- pions, in Dublin. Kennedy knows Johnson wantstoseeimprovementsin the tight work that makes Shaw such a force. The Irish lock is the same height as his Wasps rival but nearly two stone lighter, which may be a problem at Test level. ThatiswhyKennedyhasbeenincreas- ing his work around the pitch to supple- ment his world-class line-out jumping. He said: I am hungry to prove people wrong. I want to show people that I deserve to be in the England team. Everything I do on the pitch is designed to achieve that goal and while there are four other second-rows ahead of me in the rankings, I just have to make sure I am doing all I can. Kennedy has established a dominant line-out partnership with captain Bob Casey but the Scarlets have an impres- sive record in this area. Kennedy added: I have been looking at the statistics and Scarlets have won 47 of their last 48 line-outs. Thats one of the best records Ive heard about. England flanker Steffon Armitage is rested by Irish under the Elite Player Squad rules with George Stowers expected to come in after completing a three-week ban. HARLEQUINS must beat French giants Toulouse to ensure they do not becomealso-ransinPoolFive,having lost against Cardiff last weekend. Thereturnof EnglandstarsUgo Monye, Nick Easter and Danny Care will be a major boostaftertheysatoutthe 20-6 loss in Wales last week. London Lite Friday, 16 October 2009 37 Wilko puts boot into Saracens JONNY WILKINSON hopes he can continue his renaissance at Toulon after another impressive showing for the French side against Saracens. The England fly-half, plagued by injuries towards the end of his time with Newcastle Falcons, has been reinvigorated since his move and kicked 16 points in a 31-23 AMLIN Challenge Cup Keatings raises the bar with a silver salvo DANIEL KEATINGS says winning a silver medal at the Gymnastics World Championships in London has whetted his appetite for the 2012 Olympics. The 19-year-old claimed Britains first ever all-round medal at the tournament with a stunning performance (above) to finish second at the O2 Arena to Japans Kohei Uchimura, while Kristian Thomas completed a brilliant night for Britain by sealing sixth place. Kennedy to stay mum after trouble in Dublin win over Premiership leaders Sarries. Wilkinson suffered a knock beyond the end of the 80 minutes, momentarily raising fresh injury fears. But he recovered to make a heroic tackle, turning possession over to thwart a final attack and recalling the superb defensive influence of his early glory years. He said: Maybe Im just doing it all a bit slower these days! Hes handy: 16 points from Jonny being banned for 12 weeks by a Euro- pean Rugby Cup disciplinary hearing. closemarkatopointedKennedy to his left eye and made his feelings whenPoiteRomainrefereetoclear RDStheathappenedincidentthe wasofficialtheUnfortunately, wearing a microphone and Kennedys subsequent swearing was transmitted offtellinga28-year-oldtheearninglive, ofproudverynotamIsaid:Kennedy happynotismothermyandsaidIwhat at all -- and told me so. I just have to micro-wearingareremember referees incidenttheafternefiiseyeMyphones. myforapologisedhaveIand It will require an injury to allow team manager Martin Johnson to adjust that squad and with pions, in Dublin. 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