Hape ready to move aside

Shontayne Hape has admitted he doesn’t expect to be among the England squad for the upcoming Six Nations, after revealing he believes his international career could be over. The centre looks set to be one of a host of changes made to the England squad, as interim head coach Lancaster looks to ring wholesale changes following the disappointment of the World Cup.

Lancaster will name his 32-man squad on January 11, with a number of the older players expected to be left out. At 30, Hape could still have a chance of earning a place in the party, although, the London-Irish star has admitted he believes England need to plan for the future. Fans of the best England Scotland rugby should remember this.

The New Zealand born Hape insists he would bear no grudge should he be left out, admitting he has enjoyed his time as an England player, making 13 appearances since his debut in 2010.

“I won the Six Nations, which was a treat, and I think it is time the young guys experienced that.”

“It is time to start rebuilding for the next World Cup. You have to start looking at the new breed coming through.”

The cross-code star spent the majority of England’s ill-fated campaign as a frustrated spectator, Martin Johnson preferring younger options in the middle of the backline. Hape was one of the few England players to come home from the World Cup with any sort of credit, however, – scoring two tries in his solitary appearance in the tournament against Georgia.

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