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VIDEO – Farrell demands high-tempo half backs

10 November 2012

  • Andy Farrell backs England's ability to score tries
  • Danny Care and Toby Flood are great attacking threat says Backs Coach

England Backs Coach Andy Farrell believes that the key to the team scoring tries during this year’s QBE International series is by maintaining a high tempo throughout matches.

Farrell, who notched up eight caps for England in his rugby union career, has had two weeks with the squad at Penny Hill Park in Surrey to help develop the team's strategy going into this year’s QBE Internationals.A key partnership in his eyes and one with great attacking potential is Danny Care and Toby Flood, who will start at 9 and 10 for England today.

Following Flood’s injury in the third South African test in Port Elizabeth, the duo weren’t able to notch up much playing time. However in today’s match against Fiji, Farrell reckons they will be just two of a number of players who can provide a great attacking impetus.

“Both of them have got energy and the ability to play at pace,” said Farrell. “They have the ability to take the line on, to organise players and bring others into the game. They are also good at attacking the lines themselves.

“It will be great to see a high tempo game and hopefully that will stand us in good stead as far as tries are concerned.”

The Fiji side announced for today’s match is full of players renowned for their physicality, such as centres Sireli Naqelevuki and Vereneki Goneva who play for Exeter Chiefs and Leicester Tigers respectively. In order to not only nullify this attacking threat, but to provide an attacking channel for England, Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt have been chosen in the midfield.

Farrell is demanding a high tempo from his players

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“I am sure it’s going to be a big tussle in the midfield,” said Farrell. “But I think everyone underestimates the skill level and rugby brains of Brad an Manu. Over the next four weeks we are hoping to develop that partnership so hopefully we will see a good partnership there.”

In terms of defence Farrell is also aware that the style of Fiji’s play could catch England out, should the hosts get loose in their approach. “They are very dangerous. We don’t want to play a loose game and if the game is broken field play the whole time then that will play into their hands.

“They are unbelievable physical athletes with a lot of strength, speed and good footwork which adds to the offloading game; it will be a huge challenge for us defensively. But we have trained well as a unit and everyone is on the same page as far as defence is concerned. Hopefully we can hold our own against them.”