Northampton Saints' Soane Tonga'uiha wants run in team

Northampton Saints' Soane Tonga'uiha says the competition for places means he will not be looking to be rested.

The 29-year-old represented Tonga at the World Cup, and has played three matches for Saints in 2011-12.

Tonga'uiha told BBC Look East: "Saints' strength in depth is a positive, but losing your spot is different.

"As much as we moan for a rest, I enjoy playing. I'd like to think I'm being rested, but I take it personally and think I've been dropped."

Tonga'uiha, a nominee for the ERC European Player Award last season, contributed to Tonga's shock 19-14 victory over France at the World Cup.

"Beating France was the highlight of the World Cup, and as you saw from our reactions, it was like we'd won the Cup," he said.

"There were only a few days off then back at training [with Saints].

"Everyone's fit, bar Christian Day and Noah Cato, so competition for our spots in the team is something to fight for.

"You couldn't really ask for too much time off."

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