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VIDEO - Composure vital against Ireland says Arnott

08 February 2013

  • England will play Ireland in Athlone tonight at 7.35pm
  • Team to remain composed in quest for Six Nations title

Winger Jack Arnott believes that the England U20 team won’t get ahead of themselves and will treat tonight’s game against Ireland as “just another stepping stone” on their campaign for Six Nations glory.

The team are chasing their third consecutive Grand Slam and are already on course after beating Scotland 15-6 in the opening fixture of this year’s tournament. They will play Ireland tonight in Athlone in what will be the fourth match up in twelve months for the two sides.

“You can never write off Ireland,” said Exeter Chiefs wing Arnott. “They will always come out with massive intensity and pride as always and we have just got to stand up and take what they give us and hopefully turn them over at their place.

“There was a big emphasis at the start of this campaign about taking every game as a stepping stone and this one is just another step in the right direction that we want to take.”

Scrum-half Nathan Fowles, who will start on the bench against Ireland tonight, agrees that winning the game will be a challenge but that England have the firepower to do so.

“They have got a lot of good players so we can’t write them off but we have got a lot of talented players and good ball players so we can put them under some pressure and get a result for sure.”

Keep up to date with the game on the RFU’s Twitter feed, @Official_RFU, kick off 7.35pm in Athlone, Ireland.