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VIDEO – Set-piece dominance key for Cowan-Dickie

22 February 2013

  • U20s look to get back to winning ways
  • Prop Cowan-Dickie seeking set-piece edge


England's Luke Cowan-Dickie believes dominance in the set-piece is vital in securing the right result against France at Worcester's Sixways Stadium this Saturday (kick off, 3pm, live on

The Exeter Chiefs prop, who makes his 14th appearance in the England shirt, said: “We’ll look to dominate the set-piece – scrum, line out drive, big ball carriers – so the key for us is just to match them up front, get them down early and hopefully take it from there.”

England Under 20s in Six Nations action against Scotland

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Lock Elliott Stooke echoed Cowan-Dickie's comments: “They have a big, physical pack so up front, we’ll have a good go at them.”

England will be looking to reverse last year's result, where they fell to a 12-8 defeat in a closely contested encounter in Vannes.

Rob Hunter's side will also want to banish the memory of the disappointing one-point loss to Ireland two weeks ago, as full back Ben Howard emphasised: “It was a tough experience for the boys and a match we thought we should have won. We definitely learnt a lot from it and we’ve worked hard this week to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

London Irish back rower David Sisi, who came off the bench last year in Vannes to score England's only try of that game, believes England are ready for the French challenge: “Guys are looking sharp and really keen to put things right.

“The small details that maybe we didn’t get right over in Ireland, they will come to the fore.”

Cowan-Dickie added: “We came in yesterday and had a really hard session, the tempo was really up there. Today we’ve had scrums and line outs. The boys have definitely come out with a lot of energy.”

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