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Exile with an African ambition


ENGLAND’S THREE-Test summer tour squad of South Africa will be named on May 10 and one of London Irish’s brightest talents hopes to be on board the plane.

Exiles centre Jonathan Joseph has terrorised defensives throughout the season and the 20-year-old spoke to the Voice of Sport about possibly facing the Springboks, the Armitage brothers leaving Irish and much more.

VOS: World Cup winning centre Will Greenwood says that you should be in the England squad. How does it feel to get that sort of praise?

JJ: I’m obviously delighted when people are talking highly of me. It’s just a process of training and playing well and hopefully one day you’ll see the rewards. At the moment I just want to be playing well at London Irish, show them what I can do here and get some wins with the team. We’ll see what happens after that.

VOS: Would you like to be a part of the England squad that is touring South Africa in the summer?

JJ: Yeah, definitely. I think any player would. To be invited to go on tour with your country is a huge honour and if I was lucky enough to be selected, I’d be very delighted. I’ve had a few injuries and things so it’s probably looking doubtful and I’ve not had much game time but you never know. It would be awesome.

VOS: With Delon Armitage joining his brothers Guy and Steffon at Toulon at the end of the season, how much of a miss is their departure going to be for Irish?

JJ: A huge miss! They were such big characters at the club. They’ve been here for a very long time as well. It feels a bit weird picturing us without them but I wish them all well and I think they’ll thrive out there.

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