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Fisher’s delight at England opportunity

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The flanker came on during the second half at Twickenham as England romped to a 73-12 win against the famous invitational side – an appearance that marked the culmination of a superb first year at the Gardens.

“It was a pretty special day,” Fisher commented. “It was a great game to be involved in and there was a great atmosphere surrounding the whole week.

“We were all pretty down after the Saracens game so get the call on Sunday, I wouldn’t say softened the blow, but certainly gave me something to re-focus on straight away.”

Fisher exploded onto the scene early in the season while on trial, scoring on debut, winning the first Player of the Month award of 2014/15 and earning himself a full-time contract with the Saints for good measure.

A serious foot injury would only temporarily halt his progression and the 26-year-old was right back in the mix come the business end of the season.

“It was a surprise [to get the call-up] but during those tough times you have to visualise these things happening. You need that inspiration to keep you going and it’s taken a lot of hard work, too.

“I have to thank everyone at the Saints, the medical team in particular – I’m sure I was a source of frustration for them a lot of the time while I was injured!

“Then to get myself back into the squad, I knew it was a case of taking my chances and I’ve continued to work hard and learn from the right people.

“The back row competition is so strong here that you need to be playing well and once you do that, there’s no better place to catch the eye than at Northampton.”

With a season in black, green and gold under his belt and further England honours to aim for, Fisher says there is now only one goal for him next season.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my first season here and it has been a privilege to be a part of this team and club,” he added. “But Northampton is a club that needs trophies and I was one of only a few players at the club this season who didn’t win the Premiership last year.

“That’s a real focus for me and all I can think of now is being here in a year’s time with a Premiership winners’ medal.”

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