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Kvesic's diary: Focus now on France

05 March 2012

  • England Under 20 No. 6 Matt Kvesic reflects on Italy
  • These are the games we all relish – Kvesic
England Under 20 flanker Matt Kvesic in action

Photo: Getty Images

Focus now turns to the crucial clash against France next week after another impressive display in Italy.

We are desperate to maintain this winning run – eight matches so far – in the Six Nations and produce a complete performance against the French.

Yesterday, our front five again set the platform superbly and when our backs are given the ball in space everyone knows what they can do. Last week they let a few of the forwards get on the score sheet, but this time they took all the glory.

It was a good team display but  there are certainly areas to work on this week.

There were a few dropped balls and accuracy needs improving at times – but considering that we have fielded a lot of new guys in key partnerships, I have been thoroughly impressed.

It means we have a lot more competition for places than in the past, which every successful team needs. So by the summer hopefully we will have a slick squad capable of winning the Junior World Cup. 

England Under 20 flanker Matt Kvesic in action

Photo: Getty Images

While focus is just on the next match, I would be lying if I said the JWC was not in the back of mind already, especially after last year.

It took me a long time to get over that disallowed ‘try’ against New Zealand in the final when I touched down between the posts. But it acts as great motivation to make sure I am on the plane to South Africa with a very real goal to achieve.

Beating France next week is crucial for our momentum, and much like against Italy, we know it will probably develop into a dogfight at the breakdown. As you expect from any French side, they are physical up front and possess some majestic broken field runners on the counter-attack.

They had a tough back row last year but I’m confident we can match them, ours is nicely balanced this year.

Chris Walker has been outstanding at openside, and although I think my future lies at 7, I’m happy playing anywhere in this team.

France will be a step-up, but these are the games we all relish, especially as South Africa are waiting for us in the opening game on home soil in June.

Matt Kvesic was talking to The Rugby Paper, available every Sunday.