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Ashton hopes to end try drought against Australia


Chris Ashton hopes to make it four tries in four tests against Australia

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Article Published: Friday 16 November 2012


England wing Chris Ashton is aiming to end his try scoring drought against Australia's Wallabies this weekend at Twickenham.

Twenty-five-year-old Ashton has scored three tries in three Tests against Australia but has not scored a try in his last nine Tests.

Ashton has played 26 Tests for England and has scored 15 tries and hopes to add to his tally this month.

"There's a lot of frustration," he told BBC Sport.

"But there is nothing I can do. I'm playing exactly the same way as I always have. Every game is tough.

"I'm always disappointed if I haven't scored two or three a game, but it's not going to happen. I will take one."

Ashton's first try was scored in Sydney against the Wallabies on England's June tour of Australia and then at Twickenham later that year he scored two more against them.

The Saracens winger missed last weekend's Test against Fiji where both wingers - Ugo Monye and Charlie Sharples - scored tries for England.

Ashton said that he was concerned that he may have lost his starting place in the England team.

"I had a few sleepless nights to be honest, I was struggling on the weekend," he said.

"The missus wasn't too happy because I was having a go at her as well.

"It was only on Sunday that I realised what was wrong with me. It was probably this [selection] playing on my mind.

"I was very thankful when my name appeared on the team sheet. It has been a long two weeks, so hopefully I can get going again."

Ashton's regular team mate Ben Foden is out injured and has been replaced by his Saracens team mate Alex Goode who won man of the match last week and the pair hope that they can forge a strong new partnership.

"Being at the same club together is going to help, but it is difficult going from 'Fodes' to 'Goodey'. They are completely opposite players, so it is going to take time to learn how to work off him. "

"But as we saw last week [against Fiji, when Goode created three of England's first four tries] he creates chances. It is is just a matter of me getting on his shoulder."

Ashton has been the subject of the war of words between the England and Australia this week as Wallabies winger Digby Ioane said he was looking forward to playing against England's "pretty" wingers.

"I have actually played against him before," said Ashton pointing out that he played against Ioane in Sydney in 2010.

"But he played on the other wing and I was on the left that day.

"He is a great winger. I would say he is up there in the top two in the world, so I am looking forward to playing against him."

 
 
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