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Saracens flanker Will Fraser boosted by come-back try but insists more to come after unusual shoulder injury
Will Fraser says scoring a try on his return from a five-month injury lay-off has done the "world of good" for his confidence but the Saracens flanker admits he is still a way off being back to his best.
Fraser tore the muscle off the bone in his left shoulder at the end of last season - an injury which, as the Times Series revealed in May, had never been seen before in rugby.
The 23-year-old made his comeback on Saturday in Saracens' 19-12 win over Wasps and did so in style, scoring the Men in Black's only try early in the second half.
"It was great, to get over the whitewash in my first game back and to get through the whole game does the world of good for my confidence," Fraser said.
"But I was pretty rusty in a good few areas so there's a lot to work on this week going into Europe. But it's great to get a whole game first game back."
Sarries have started the season brilliantly, winning all five of their Premiership matches and recording three bonus-point wins.
Fraser admitted the team's success on the field has made it even harder to watch from the sidelines.
"It's great to be back, it did break me slightly watching the boys in the last few weeks so it's great to be back on the pitch with them doing the thing I love," he said.
"When you get three or four bonus-point wins it does make it tough to watch but then it's great at the same time because they're your mates and it's your club and you want everyone to do well.
"It's just great to get out there and contribute where I can."
Fraser was intially expecting to be out until November but the unusual nature of the injury meant the comeback date was never certain.
He said: "The initial plan was to come back late November time so we're miles ahead of where it's meant to be but obviously it was all within reason - making sure I ticked all the right boxes.
"My shoulder felt absolutely fine to be honest, it was just my lungs that were burning up a bit."
He continued: "The rehab that I've done and the work of the medics means I've been able to get through 80 minutes with no effect at all - they've worked their magic and I feel great."
The Sarries flanker enjoyed a sparkling campaign for the Men in Black last season, emerging as one of the team's most consistent performers.
Fraser's displays saw him called up to the England Saxons squad in January and before the injury the talented youngster was all set to go on England's tour to Argentina in the summer.
Fraser is pleased to be on the international radar but insists his attentions at the moment are focused on Saracens.
"It's great to know I'm still in the thoughts of the England set-up and all the rest of it," he said.
"But for me at the moment it's just about playing well for my club here and doing what I can and if anything comes off the back of that, great, if not I'll keep my head down and keep going here.
He added: "If you start thinking ahead to England and all the rest of it you'll fall at the first hurdle and get ahead of yourself. The most important thing is to play well for your club and see if anything comes off the back of it."
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