Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Big Old Man Chasing the One That Matters; Renaissance Man: Simon Shaw Has Finally Established Himself as a Mainstay of the England Team and Is Desperate for World Cup Glory

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Big Old Man Chasing the One That Matters; Renaissance Man: Simon Shaw Has Finally Established Himself as a Mainstay of the England Team and Is Desperate for World Cup Glory

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Byline: CHRIS JONES

SIMON SHAW believes England are on course to give him a World Cupwinner's medal he can show off with real pride. The London Wasps lock receiveda gong for being the 31st member of the 2003 winning squad, although he didn'tplay a minute in the tournament having travelled to Australia as a replacement.

The 34-year-old goes into Saturday's titanic Cup semi-final with France as anintegral part of an England pack that destroyed Australia and must now repeatsuch heroics against the hosts in Paris.

It's a formidable challenge, but just the latest a career that has seen Shawconstantly cast into the selection wilderness by various national coaches. Now,under Brian Ashton, he is a valued member of a squad that has confounded theexperts and Shaw is confident England can become the first country tosuccessfully defend the Webb Ellis trophy.

"I had a gripe about not playing in 2003 and I have fulfilled one of my aims bybeing here at the World Cup in France," said Shaw, who used to loan out hiswinner's medal and it also spent some time in the glove compartment of afriend's car.

"Now, the challenge is to win on Saturday, get to the final and collect anotherwinner's medalfor playing this time." The 6ft 9ins, 19st 7lb lock has finally emerged fromshadow cast by Martin Johnson, England's Cup winning captain, who dominated theNo4 jersey he now wears. He is up against Fabien Pelous (below), France's mostcapped forward with 117 Tests which probably equates to the number of timesShaw has been overlooked by England.

Shaw has enormous respect for Pelous, a player he first came up against as a16- year-old while wearing the colours of Harlequins. "I know it's a big thingto admit to as a Wasps man, but I was offered the chance to play for QuinsColts against a French side while based in Surrey," said Shaw who quickly optedto join Bristol.

"Pelous was bit older than me and what really impressed me was that he did the'thank you' speech after the match in English. …

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