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Thrust into the first team limelight at London Wasps last season following a string of high-profile retirements – Launchbury, 21, was a key cog in Dai Young’s men avoiding the drop at the expense of Newcastle Falcons.
Fast forward 12 months and Launchbury is part of a Wasps’ side fighting for Heineken Cup rugby next season, while he was also an ever-present for Lancaster’s men during the RBS 6 Nations.
He told the London Evening Standard: “If someone had said to me when we were battling against relegation that in a year’s time I would have nine England caps and had played in a Grand Slam match against Wales in Cardiff, I wouldn’t have believed them.
“It’s been a very quick 12 months and more than I could have wished. Sport really does move so quickly and you have to adapt and change.
“Hopefully, I can keep improving and after one season with England, there is no way I want that to be it. I want to keep getting better.
“I am 21 years old and have had a couple of injuries already in my short career and I have played a lot of rugby in the last couple of seasons. I have also been fortunate to be selected by England and I am going to take a break in the summer.
“Hopefully, I will get a couple of weeks at the end of the summer to recharge the batteries before coming into the club for pre-season training. That’s all you need — a couple of weeks away from rugby to be raring to go again. It has been a long season and with the England training camp it means you are away from home staying in hotels for a long period.”