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Championship experience benefitting Bassett

24 February 2012

  • England U20 wing Josh Bassett talks to RFU.com
  • Scoring tries is what I’m meant to do – Bassett
England Under 20 and Bedford Blues wing Josh Bassett

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What are your thoughts on your debut against Wales today?
Obviously it’s a great experience. Missing out against Italy was a bit disappointing, but to be back involved with the lads again, and to be on home turf, I can’t complain. It’s really good.

How disappointed were you when the (Italy) game got called off?
I was gutted, not just for me, but for some of the other lads making their debuts for U20s and I think that the boys wanted to build from what we did in Scotland, so to get put back a week was a bit disappointing.

England are playing across the road on Saturday. Is that something you aspire to?
Of course, but you never know – rugby can take some twists and turns. Most of the guys in the Senior squad came through the age grade process, so fingers crossed, but we’ll have to wait and see.

You’re top scorer in the Championship. Is that the kind of form that you can bring into the England team?
Hopefully. Scoring tries is what I’m meant to do as a wing, but obviously if I get on the score sheet or any of the other boys do, it’s down to the team and it’s about getting the right result at the end of the day.

England Under 20 and Bedford Blues wing Josh Bassett

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What does wearing the England shirt mean to you?
It means a lot, because no one in my family has ever done it before. Talking to some of the boys about when they made their debuts it brings up some emotions and I can’t wait to do it.

How’s training been leading up to the game?
It’s been really good, we’ve had some good intensity this week, starting on Monday and it’s just built through. We had a light day yesterday and went through some team runs. The boys are all good and we know it’s going to be a tough game against Wales. They’ll be physical, but I can’t wait to get out there.

How much has playing Championship rugby this year aided your development?
I think it’s the main thing that’s aided my development, along with the coaching staff at Bedford and being involved with the 20s. Being exposed to that level of rugby week in, week out has definitely helped me.

When do you think you’ll be ready to make the step up to the Aviva Premiership?
We’ll have to wait and see about that. I’m happy with the Championship at the moment. The league is very physical, but hopefully one day I’ll be able to make the step up.

Would you like to do that with Bedford?
Definitely, I’d love to do that with Bedford. If the opportunity came around I’d love to.