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Kvesic ready for Scotland test

02 February 2012

  • England U20's Matt Kvesic ready to take on Scotland
  • It’s going to be a massive test for us – Kvesic
Matt Kvesic with ball in hand against Scotland

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England Under 20 flanker Matt Kvesic has said that he “can’t wait” to take on Scotland in his side’s Six Nations opener at Firhill tomorrow.

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It will be the third time Kvesic has taken to the field against the Auld Enemy within a year, and, while England have had the upper hand on the previous two encounters, complacency will not be a factor for the Worcester Warriors back-row forward come kick off time.

“We know how physical Scotland will be,” he said. “ It’s going to be a massive test for us, playing in front of their own fans, and we know that it’s going to be a tough one. They have strong forwards and some nifty backs so we’ll need to stay alert for the full 80 minutes – but I can’t wait.”

Last season’s back row contingent of Alex Gray, Matt Everard and Sam Jones have now graduated from the Under 20 set up, leaving Kvesic as the lone ranger. But the chance for some new blood to make their mark is one that Kvesic, starting at blindside, is relishing.

Matt Kvesic on the charge during the 2011 Junior World Cup

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“I know all about Waka [Chris Walker] from previous years and Jack [Clifford] has fitted in really well, he looks like a great ball-carrier and chats well in defence. We’re lucky to have some good players in those positions and we should work pretty well together.

“We’ve got a well balanced team, there’s a lot of experience in the back line who will hopefully get us on the front foot and some good carriers in the forward pack. It should be a good game and one I’m really looking forward to.”

With many of last season’s squad now playing prominent roles for their clubs, and, in Owen Farrell’s case, for their country, 19-year-old Kvesic is adamant that the age grade system in England is one of the world’s best.

“It’s great to see so many of those lads doing so well. Representing your country at this level is such a good experience and undoubtedly stands us all in good stead.

“I’m really happy to see Faz get a start against Scotland. He’s a class player – he’s not shy, he’ll boss them around and I’m just chuffed to see him get this opportunity.”