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Farrell and Wade look ahead to South Africa

17 June 2011

  • England U20 pair Christian Wade and Owen Farrell discuss South Africa
  • We're confident of doing well against them – Christian Wade
England U20 wing Christian Wade in action against Scotland

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With two IRB Junior World Championship victories under their belts, England U20 pair Christian Wade and Owen Farrell both feel that there is more to come from Rob Hunter’s young side as they prepare to take on southern hemisphere side South Africa on Saturday in Padova.

London Wasps wing Wade scored three tries against Scotland in Treviso, and the speed-merchant is adamant that the talent within the squad should see them through against the Springboks.

"I'm really happy to score a hat-trick but it was all about the team,” he said. “They created the opportunities for me and I was just in the right place at the right time. Scotland were really tough to break down, they showed a lot of heart and gave us a good workout.”

Wade added: “The lads are a bit disappointed about the way we played, but at least we're not kidding ourselves, we know that we've got things to work on and that's exactly what we'll do. I'm going to do all I can to make sure I get a chance against South Africa, which will definitely be a tough game, but there's a lot of talent within this squad and we're confident of doing well."

Owen Farrell in action for England U20

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Saracens fly half Farrell started his first game wearing No. 10 in an England shirt against Scotland and the Aviva Premiership winner scored 10 points before being replaced by Leicester Tigers’ George Ford.

Despite the 39-18 win against the Scots, Farrell says that there is room for improvement when England take to the field on Saturday.

"We know that we can play better than that,” he said. “But in this kind of environment all you need to do is win matches and that's what we've done. We've beaten Ireland and Scotland now, and we feel that there's more to come, which is a good place to be.

Farrell added: “We've taken a look at the Scotland game, figured out what we can do better and we now switch all our focus to South Africa. We know it's not going to be an easy game, and we know that we're going to have to be at our best, but looking at the squad we've got here, there's absolutely no reason why we can't beat them - we're confident in each other."