The Official Online RBS 6 Nations Store is open. The store has everything you need to get behind your team during the RBS 6 Nations, plus the store is now fully stocked with a much wider range of rugby merchandise.
And when highly rated Samoan Fotuali’i joined Saints from the Ospreys it would have been easy for Dickson to settle for second best, but he claims the extra competition has helped him raise his game.
“It’s the best form I have had since I have been at the club,” said Dickson, who made his England debut in the 2012 Calcutta Cup victory over Scotland.
“I’ve been really fresh and energetic and have been buzzing around the games. I’m making sure that our forwards get round the corner at speed and I’ve also got my running game going now and the reading of the game too. I’m really happy.
“Kahn coming here has helped my game massively. He’s a phenomenal player and I have learnt so much off him. We are quite good friends and he has taught me a lot, telling me a few of his tricks. When Jim Mallinder called me in last season and said Kahn was coming, I was really happy.”
Dickson started both of England’s Tests against Argentina this summer and will be looking to press his claim for further international honours ahead of the autumn internationals against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand.
“I think I am back in the mix for that England shirt,” added Dickson. “I’ve had a good pre-season, every game I’ve started in I’ve thought we’ve played really well.”