- England U20s play Scotland at Plymouth tonight
- Team expecting a physical contest
Having won the previous two Six Nations championships, England U20s will be aiming to make it three in a row as they kick off their campaign against Scotland tonight in Plymouth.
Head coach Rob Hunter has drafted in five debutants to take on the Scots, who England demolished 59-3 in last year’s championship. But the team is taking nothing for granted this year and full back Anthony Watson believes that the Scots will be aggressive in their approach this evening.
“We know they are a passionate side and will come out firing so we have got to just be prepared for everything they have to throw at us,” said Watson. “Everyone is really looking forward to the start of the Six Nations and you can really feel that buzz in and around the camp so we are just massively looking forward to starting it off with a win.”
The team has been preparing at St George's Park, the elite England football facility in Staffordshire, and prop Karl Sinckler is confident that the time spent training in the lead up to tonight’s clash has been beneficial to the whole squad.
“Training has gone really well this week,” said Sinckler. “There is a good chemistry between the boys and obviously most of us have played together at other age levels, which is good.”
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Sinckler also thinks that if England can translate their good work in training on to the pitch then there is a good chance of grabbing a win against the Scots. “We have just been focusing on our processes in hand and doing what we do well. If we do that then everything should look after itself. Nine times out of ten, if we get our structures in place and do what we want to do not many people can live with us.”
No.8 Jack Clifford has been named as captain for tonight’s game and is predicting that physicality will be an essential part of the match.
“They are a very physical, good outfit,” said Clifford. “We just need to be physical and play our game out there. It’s nice to think about winning these things but we are really just focusing game by game, taking it as it goes and just really looking forward to each one as it comes.