- We want to finish top of the group - Foden
- Northampton Saints full back primed for biggest game of career
According to full back Ben Foden, the all-or-nothing atmosphere of this weekend’s Pool B decider against Scotland at Eden Park will suit England as they look to dump the Auld Enemy out of the World Cup.
The Northampton Saint, who has been named in Martin Johnson’s line-up to make his fourth consecutive start of the tournament, refused to contemplate the thought of defeat in what will be his 21st Test appearance.
“We need to get this fourth win to ensure that we get through,” said Foden. “That is good for us because we will be in the right frame of mind.
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“People talk about how they need to win to stay in the competition but it is the same for us. No side has ever come back from a loss to win the World Cup so we want to keep beating people ahead of the knockout stages. We are top of our group and that is where we want to stay.”
Having been part of the side that laboured to a 22-16 win over Scotland in this year’s RBS 6 Nations, the 26 year-old was sure that his side would face a stern test in Auckland.
“We know what they are capable of,” Foden continued. “They are a very accomplished rugby side and they are going to throw everything at us. It is almost like a quarter-final come early.
“They were unlucky to lose against Argentina at the weekend,” he added, sympathising with Saturday’s opponents after their agonising 13-12 defeat at the hands of the Pumas.
“They’ll be disappointed and will probably come out all guns blazing. Is this the biggest game of my career? In terms of what is at stake and what we can achieve at the end of the road, definitely.”