Miles Benjamin: Leicester's fit-again wing eyes England

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Benjamin relief at Tigers return

Leicester Tigers wing Miles Benjamin said he cannot help but think about playing for England in the Six Nations after more than a year out injured.

The 25-year-old joined in 2012 but fractured his neck in September before he had appeared for the first team.

But Benjamin is back in the Tigers side and international honours are already on his mind.

"I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about it. I'd love that opportunity," he told BBC East Midlands Today.

"If the call did come I would be delighted but first things first. You have to play well for your club and I have only just started getting in the team. I need to nail down a place here first."

Ben Youngs (left) congratulates Miles Benjamin after the winger's opening try against Montpellier
Ben Youngs (left) congratulates Miles Benjamin after the winger's opening try against Montpellier

The former Worcester Warriors wing scored two tries in last Sunday's Heineken Cup win over Montpellier, his sixth appearance of the season.

"There was a lot of relief after being out for so long," he said. "Getting a couple of tries was a great feeling."

Benjamin's injury was similar to the one Leicester team-mate Tom Croft suffered.

Benjamin needed surgery and spent five months in a neck brace and the road to recovery has been slow and frustrating.

"It was a case of being really careful with it and getting it 100% right," the England Saxons international explained.

"I suppose it is the last part of your body you want to go into a game worrying about. I had to take it steady, try to be as patient and do the rehab day-in day-out."

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