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England experience will improve my game, says Slater

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Leicester Tigers lock Ed Slater says his game can only benefit from being involved in the England squad during the RBS 6 Nations.

Slater was a member of the Elite Player Squad and trained with the national team as they finished runners-up to Ireland on a tense final day of the championship.

And the uncapped Slater says working with the England squad will help his own game as he returns to Tigers colours for this Sunday’s Aviva Premiership game against Exeter Chiefs (kick-off 2pm).

“I think I have benefited a lot from the environment,” says Slater, who has returned from England duty to captain Tigers in their last two Aviva Premiership fixtures.

“They do things a bit differently to Leicester, which isn’t a bad thing. To train and be around that calibre of players has helped me. It has given me some pointers as to where I need to be at in that squad.

“The squad is fiercely competitive. Before I was announced in the squad I knew that and knew that it would be difficult to shift those guys. Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes had a brilliant Six Nations.

“It’s the national squad. You hope it’s going to be competitive and that there are going to be some strong players in there. For me it’s about adding what I can to the squad. It was the first time I had been in that environment and it was about showing what I can do, not just as a player but as a person.”

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