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Wood can't wait to fight for silverware

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The back row forward moved to Franklin's Gardens in the summer of 2010 and while he quickly established his role as a crucial component for both the Saints and England, untimely injuries meant he would miss both the semi-final and final of the 2011 Heineken Cup, not to mention back-to-back Premiership playoffs.

Last Sunday, however, Wood made his first appearance for the Saints in a semi-final of either of the top two competitions and with Saracens convincingly dispatched the flanker is itching for more.

"I can't wait," he told SaintsTV. "I've missed some big games in my time here but a lot of hard work has gone into this season to get to where we are. I've obviously played at Twickenham before but never with the Saints and I'm buzzing to get out there with this group of lads to fight for some silverware."

Under skipper Dylan Hartley, the incoming England captain is seen as one of several Saints with vital leadership qualities and Wood is hopeful that afore mentioned experience of playing for England at HQ will benefit not only himself, but the rest of the Saints squad.

"I'd like to think it will help me," he added. "Obviously Leicester will have a fair bit of that in their ranks as well but hopefully it will help me to stay a bit calmer and maybe have a calming influence on some of the others in the squad.