Ashton hopeful of England return

Chris Ashton is timing his run to perfection as he plots an England rugby comeback on the June tour of Australia.

The controversial Saracens winger crossed twice in Saturday’s 22-12 English Premiership victory as he continues to impress since completing a 10-week ban for making contact with the eye of Ulster’s Luke Marshall.

Ashton, who has 39 England caps, has scored five tries in three matches since his return for Saracens.

The suspension, which forced him to miss the Six Nations, has left him fit and hungry and England coach Eddie Jones has been in regular contact, with the 29-year-old’s international return growing even more likely.

“Thankfully I’ve come back at the right time of the season with the big games. It’s easy for me coming back into a team doing so well,” Ashton said.

“I appreciate the texts from Eddie but I think he’s pretty straightforward in saying that the people who will go on tour are the people who are playing well.

“It’s down to me to keep going as I am and hopefully I’ll get the chance in the summer.”

Ashton’s next opportunity to impress Jones is Saturday’s Champions Cup semi-final against Wasps, who have risen to second in the Premiership after winger Christian Wade ran in six tries against Worcester on Saturday.

England play three Tests against the Wallabies, with the opener in Brisbane on June 11.

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