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Dan Robson on Gloucester, Scotland and Youngs

10 March 2011

England U20 scrum half Dan Robson is in line for his second start of this season's 6 Nations campaign against Scotland in Newbury on Friday, and the 18-year-old gives us an exclusive insight towards how the side are preparing for their crunch clash against the old enemy.

Dan Robson in action for Gloucester

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It’s great to be back with the 20s boys this week after I missed the win against France in Worcester due to club commitments.

I did miss all the lads and the surroundings, but it was brilliant to be involved in Gloucester’s 18-16 win against Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens.

It was my Aviva Premiership debut and to be honest it was tough. It was boggy, it was a two-point match and I had to adapt quite quickly, but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

I wasn’t expecting to get the nod from the bench, especially with it being so close – but it’s done my confidence the world of good, knowing that Bryan Redpath has trust to throw me in at the deep end.

I managed to get to the France game to support the lads but it was hard watching from the stands. I just wanted to be out there playing! But they did a good job and played very well in the first half and battled well in the second to ultimately get the win, which is all that matters.

Scotland are up next for us and we’re really looking forward to it. We don’t underestimate anyone in the 6 Nations, we’re just taking it as it comes and concentrating on our own performances and hopefully the results will look after themselves.

Looking forward to the Scotland Test

Dan Robson tackles Wales No. 10 Matthew Morgan

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It is good fun being back with all the lads though – it’s just good to just catch up, chill out and savour the whole experience. I’m rooming with my Gloucester teammate Millsy [Ryan Mills] but Elliot [Daly] lives in our room. He never leaves.

We’re lucky to have so many good players to choose from, Cooky [Chris Cook] is the other scrum half in the squad and I love the competition we have. To have someone as good as him pushing me for the starting place can only benefit my game, and likewise for him.

We’re pretty close though and happy to help each other out when required – he’s started two games and after the Scotland game I’ll have started two – so it’s a fair battle and one I enjoy.

Pleased to see Ben Youngs doing so well

A fresh-faced Ben Youngs in action with England at age grade level in 2007

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We had a 20 minute session with the Senior squad this week and that was really good fun.

It was a game of touch but I think the 20s boys just wanted to give a good account of themselves and hopefully we did – who knows, maybe the phone call from Johno is just around the corner!

From a scrum half’s point of view, I’m really pleased to see Ben Youngs doing so well with the England Senior side.

He’s an U20 graduate and he’s gone on to become one of the most recognised scrum halves in the country – if not the world.

He’s really kicked on with his career and at the end of the day that’s what every young player aspires to achieve, to progress well and ultimately play for your country.

We had a training session at Twickenham at the start of the season and Rob Hunter said to us: “This is what you’re aiming for, this is where you want to be,” and he’s dead right.