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VIDEO – Only harmless banter from North says Morgan

29 February 2012

  • England No.8 about facing his Scarlets team mates at Twickenham
  • There's been a bit of harmless banter from George North – Morgan

England No.8 Ben Morgan was up against some familiar faces in Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash against Wales as he lined up opposite his Scarlets team mates at Twickenham.

Rhys Priestland, Jonathan Davies, George North and Ken Owens all started for Wales at Twickenham with Scott Williams, who scored a late try to crush England’s hopes of victory and clinch the Triple Crown for Wales, coming on as a replacement.

But speaking exclusively to RFUtv from England’s training camp in Loughborough, Morgan said his focus on the pitch was producing the best performance from his country although North had given him some harmless banter following Wales’ 19-12 victory.

The 23-year-old said:  "I guess thinking about it, it’s quite odd because you don’t often get to play against your team mates but really it’s not something I thought about. Stepping onto the pitch you are with your team and that is the only focus but it was nice to catch up with a few with them after the game."

He said there hadn’t been too much post-match banter from his team mates although there had been “a couple of little harmless things from George North.”

England's Ben Morgan makes a pass during the Captain's run at Twickenham before the Wales clash

Photo: Getty Images 

Morgan has been released from the England training camp at Loughborough to return to the Scarlets and starts on the bench for their RaboDirect PRO 12 clash with Connacht on Friday night.

He believes that England will learn from the defeat at the weekend having produced some of their best rugby in the tournament so far.

"I think as a team we feel confident," he said. "We feel as if we should be winning the games and obviously this being our first defeat and it was very close and I think we have got to take a lot of positives out of that, and then really build on for the next two games.

"It’s never nice to lose but the way in which we fought in that game is a real plus. We really have to take that and really build on and really fire into the next couple of games. I think as a team we performed really well and I think we are going to go on and do better things."

England began their preparation for the match against Les Blues on March 11 with a training camp at Loughborough University this week.

Morgan added: "It’s really important in this fallow week to get the extra training in as we’ve not been together awfully long. But I think this sort of week is so important for us to learn and build and improve on what we have got."