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PODCAST – Parling, Hodgson and Hartley talk Italy

09 February 2012

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  • Words from Charlie Hodgson, Dylan Hartley, Geoff Parling and Stuart Lancaster
England lock Geoff Parling on his England debut against Scotland at Murrayfield

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This week's RFU Podcast comes from inside the England camp on the eve of the second round of the RBS 6 Nations.

We catch up with Charlie Hodgson, Dylan Hartley and Geoff Parling as they head for Italy after Stuart Lancaster's men lifted the Calcutta Cup at Murrayfield.

Hodgson talks about his partnership with young Owen Farrell in midfield, Hartley puts the physical challenge ahead into perspective, and Parling wants more wins on the board after his first cap ended with a victory in Scotland.

Interim head coach Lancaster previews the game and welcomes the agreement of a new four-year partnership with sponsors O2, whose CEO Ronan Dunne wants to continue to reach out to both the elite and grassroots levels of the game.

Also in action this weekend are England Women - Lichfield Sarah Hunter tells us about taking over the captaincy for Sunday's game in Parabiago - and we speak to Bedford Blues wing Josh Bassett, the Championship's leading scorer, who makes his England U20 debut in Rovigo on Friday night.

And we join the search for the Aviva Premiership's most passionate fans in Richmond, where Harlequins and London Irish fans met in a pub quiz battle. Quins' Nick Easter and Luke Wallace got involved.

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