- Gloucester scrum half keen to extend winning run
- It doesn't get much tougher than a Test match in Italy - Robson
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Scrum half Dan Robson has expressed his eagerness to return to the international fold ahead of England Under 20s' re-arranged match against their Italian counterparts in Rovigo tomorrow afternoon.
Having started their Six Nations defence with barnstorming wins over Scotland and Wales, scoring an aggregate of 99 points without yet conceding a try, Rob Hunter’s men will be determined to maintain their momentum.
This fixture, originally scheduled for the evening of February 10, was postponed at short notice due to a frozen playing surface and Robson explained that his teammates were raring to go this time round.
“All the boys are obviously pretty excited to play,” said the Gloucester Rugby half-back. “Obviously we were disappointed with it being called off last time but we coped with it really well with that situation.
“Now we are buzzing about going back over here and hopefully getting a good result.”
Even more impressively, England’s comprehensive victories have been achieved despite Aviva Premiership call-ups significantly disrupting Hunter’s selection.
Robson however, with the experience of last year’s sensational U20s season behind him, has been a stand-out performer in both matches and voiced his desire to continue in the same vein.
“The boys who have been filling in have done really well,” he added. “They have really stepped up to the plate.
“[Because of the disruptions] I think we need to concentrate more, and have people stepping up to drive the team. I see that as one of my jobs and just get on with it as usual.”
With Saracens’ Ben Spencer, who made a try-scoring debut for England Saxons last month, and exciting Northampton Saints half-back Alex Day also in contention for the number 9 jersey, Robson outlined his intention to “take each game as it comes” over the course of the tournament in a bid to retain his spot.
Tomorrow is the first chance for him to do so and, although the 74-3 mauling that England dished out in last year’s meeting between the sides in Bath will be fresh in the memory, Robson warned his team not to take the Azzurri lightly.
“Last year was a bit if an anomaly really, because we haven’t really done that well against Italy recently," he said. "The boys are really switched on because, at the end of the day, it’s a Test match away from home. It doesn’t get much tougher than that.
“We have to get our heads right and go as hard as we can. I’m sure the boys will be able to do that because we are all desperate to get out on the pitch.”