As the Saints prepare for the first of 10 Aviva Premiership fixtures on the spin this Friday night, Tom Wood is keen to focus all of his drive and determination into a run that could well shape the top four.
The flanker expressed his obvious disappointment at missing out on England’s EPS for the upcoming Six Nations, but says he will have no trouble putting that on hold when he steps out at Franklin's Gardens against Wasps.
“Fundamentally I’m pretty disappointed and to be effectively dropped from the squad – it’s not good for your ego,” he told the Saints podcast. “I’d like to think I can take these sort of things in my stride though and I won’t let it affect me as a person or a player.
“I’m just looking forward to getting stuck into the next few weeks now. For the Saints, it’s a period that could make or break our season. We haven’t had the best results in the Premiership, but we’re still in the fight and a couple of months of good rugby now can put us in a great position for the run in.”
That all starts with the visit of a Wasps side who, in the Champions Cup especially, have produced some fine performances in 2015/16 thus far.
“It’s going to be a tough Midlands derby. Wasps are in great form and we’ve seen them put in some big performances against the likes of Toulon and then Leinster last week. They’re flying high, so we recognise the challenge but we’ll always back ourselves, especially at home.”