This time last year Ashton appeared for the Barbarians against England at Twickenham, where he scored three tries, effectively forcing his way back into England reckoning.
However, the Wigan born wing/fullback says he thinks Eddie Jones is set to leave him out of his World Cup plans. Speaking on The Rugby Pod, Ashton said he is not expecting a call up, despite his good form in the Premiership.
“I don’t think I am (involved),” Ashton said, when asked regarding his inclusion in the training squad. “Honestly, I’ve not had a word.”
“He’s been meeting other lads. It may not be happening. It would be a big fall, from the starting fifteen to out of the 45. I don’t know how I’ve done it but I think I have. We’ll see.”
Ashton also said that he was at loss at why he had not been selected by England in the past, and suggested it was a case of coaches not liking his personality. He spoke about how it “still bothered” him how his England career under Stuart Lancaster had ended and also revealed that he held a private meeting with Jones in 2018 in order to try to get to know him better.
“I went down to Pennyhill (Park Hotel) once to meet him (Eddie Jones). I thought surely if he meets me it would be different, as I was sure he maybe heard of me or had an opinion of me before we had even met.
“I thought maybe that would help. It didn’t help!”
“It was me that organised it. I just wanted to ask him what I need to do. I want to met and say ‘this is who I am’. Show him the kind of person I am and what I want to do in rugby – a bit of an ice breaker. I’d never been into the camp before so I had never met him.
“It was a case of me covering every option. When I did get into the camp I got on with him really well.”
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