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VIDEO – Itoje and Packman look ahead to Ireland clash

21 February 2014

  • England Under 20 pair preview first home game of the tournament
  • “They’ll have some strong runners, but our job is to surpass that” – Itoje

Ahead of England’s first home game of this season’s Under 20s Six Nations, lock Maro Itoje and wing Howard Packman look ahead to what promises to be a tight clash against Ireland on Saturday (live on Sky Sports 2, kick-off 6pm).

Maro Itoje

Photo: Getty Images

England fell to a narrow 16-15 defeat when the two sides met in last season’s competition, and Itoje is well aware of the threat the men from the Emerald Isle will pose.

“They’re big and they’re aggressive,” he said. “They’ll have some strong runners, but our job is to match and surpass that.”

Packman, making his first Under 20 start, says that the game will be extra special as it’s on his home ground – Franklin’s Gardens.

“It can’t get much bigger for me,” he admitted. “There’s a lot of excitement, maybe a few nerves, but I’m excited and I just want to go out there and give it my best shot. We’ve trained well this week and we can’t wait to get out there.”