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Skipper Day vows to "fight fire with fire" against USA

13 June 2013

  • Scrum half calls captaining his country "a huge privilege"
  • Day determined to deliver in must-win USA clash
England Under 20s scrum half Alex Day named captain for USA game

Photo: IRB

England Under 20s scrum half Alex Day is extremely excited about captaining his side against the USA later today (kick-off 5.45pm BST).

After head coach Nick Walshe gave him the honour for the first time earlier this week, Day said: “Obviously it’s a massive honour to captain your country, especially at a World Cup. It’s a huge privilege and I can’t wait to get out there.”

As one of the more experienced players in the side, Alex hopes he can bring some of this know-how in the final Group A game, a must-win to keep their hopes of Junior World Championship glory alive.

“I was involved last year and we did really well, winning the Six Nations,” he said. “We’re progressing well as a team and I’m just happy to be a part of it.”

Having played a significant part in the previous matches against France and South Africa, Day also revealed how the extra responsibility made him feel.

He added: “I was in my room and [Nick Walshe] Walshie, came in and asked to have a word. Then he said I was going to captain the team and my heart started racing a bit, but it’s a massive honour to captain your country and a challenge I’m really looking forward to.

“I’ll try and chat it up a bit to the boys before than game, then hopefully lead by example on the pitch and do what’s required to win the game.”

Despite the disappointment of losing to reigning champions South Africa at the weekend, Day insists the team are more than prepared to right the wrongs later today.

“It was a massively physical game. The South Africans are massive guys, but we’ve recovered well,” he explained.

“We went in the sea yesterday and did some recovery. There are still a few battered bodies but the guys taking the field against the USA are more than up for the challenge.”

“We’re not going to take them [USA] lightly. I don’t think their score against South Africa reflected how they played. They’re determined and up for the challenge, so we need to meet fire with fire against them. We need to put a good win against them [to progress through the group] and hopefully we’ll do a good job.”