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VIDEO – England Under 20 out to bounce back in Scotland

07 February 2014

  • Walshe impressed with preparation
  • Kilbridge outlines importance of field position in Scotland

England Under 20 Head Coach Nick Walshe is happy with how his side’s preparation has gone ahead of the Six Nations clash against Scotland and says there is a tangible desire to bounce back from last week’s defeat in France.

The defending world champions went down 21-15 after a hard-fought contest in Draguignan, tries from Tom Stephensen and Maro Itoje not enough to overturn their hosts.

However, Walshe has been delighted with the response from his camp and seemed quietly confident leading into tonight’s tie at Netherdale.

“Training’s been good – really sharp and accurate,” he said. “The guys clearly want to make amends for what happened in France.

“It’s been upbeat but focussed as well and I’m really pleased with how preparation has gone.

“The boys are desperate to go out and perform against Scotland, playing some good, quick, strong rugby and getting out Six Nations back on track.”

Newcastle Falcon Zach Kilbridge, who starts on the wing against the Auld Enemy, echoed those sentiments and hinted that tactical nous might be crucial.

“The reaction’s been really good,” he added. “We’ve been working on field position and making sure we are playing in the right areas of the pitch. That way, momentum stays with us.”