- England U18 desperate to bounce back from tough South Africa loss
- Nathan Earle urges teammates to learn from their setbacks
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England Under 18 take on Wales today in the second game of their three-match South Africa tour and Saracens wing Nathan Earle can’t wait to get back out onto the paddock.
The 18-year-old looked sharp throughout England’s disappointing defeat to South Africa Schoolboys, breaking the line on numerous occasions – but he insists there is more is to come.
England played Wales earlier in the season and put in an impressive performance, winning 44-7 in Swansea. It is a game Earle remembers well, as he scored two of the seven tries.
He said: “We’re really looking forward to this one – the coaches have said that they want a response from us after the South Africa game, and that’s what we’re hoping for.
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“We’re confident in our own ability – we know that we have skillful players and physical players, so it’s just a case of pulling that all together and delivering a performance we can be proud of. We looked good in parts against South Africa but it wasn't quite enough”
Wales come into this game after an emphatic win against France in their opening tour game and Earle knows that his side cannot afford to be complacent.
“It’s a funny one because we put a few points on them earlier in the season, but their confidence must be sky high after their win," he added. "This is a completely different game, though, and if we think that we can just turn up and win then we’ll be in for a shock – we’ve prepared well, so we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Earle was a tourist with the Under 18s last season and has the unenviable record of tasting defeat twice against South Africa, but it’s all part of the learning curve and he feels that these tours are of huge benefit.
“The demands of a tour are pretty intense – we have a game every four days so it’s important to keep on top of your recovery, get your nutrition right and – most importantly – to learn from your setbacks.”