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PODCAST – Lions, Tigers, a flanker and England U18

22 August 2013

  • The latest RFU Podcast is now available to download
  • Dan Cole and Tom Youngs chat about their Lions summer and preseason grind
England, Lions and Leicester Tigers front-row duo Dan Cole (L) and Tom Youngs

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On this week’s RFU podcast we hear from a pair of triumphant Lions looking ahead to the new season with Leicester Tigers.

England front-row duo Dan Cole and Tom Youngs are back with their club for preseason and Cole says that despite a somewhat brief summer break he’s fit and raring to go. “I had a few weddings to attend and about ten days away, so it wasn’t too bad," he said. "We’re back in now, I’m feeling refreshed and ready for the new season.”

Youngs added: “Playing for the Lions was huge, it was massive, unbelievable – the noise the fans created was incredible. It was an amazing experience and one that will live with me for years to come.”

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We also hear from England and Gloucester Rugby flanker Matt Kvesic who reflects on his summer of content away with the Senior squad in Argentina and explains his excitement about what the next 12 months hold.

There is also news from the England Under 18 camp as the squad returns from their summer trip to South Africa, a tour rounded off with a 12-8 win against France. Forwards coach Ian Peels gives us the lowdown.

Twickenham was busy last weekend as the inaugural World Club Sevens saw 12 teams from seven different countries battle it out for the trophy. Some superb rugby throughout the two days led to ACT Brumbies and Auckland competing in the final, with Stephen Larkham’s Australian outfit winning it 17-14. For Larkham, HQ still holds very vivid memories of his drop goal in extra time of the 1999 World Cup semi final against South Africa.