Emotionless England to face France

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:36
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SIX NATIONS SPOTLIGHT: England know what they need to do to get back to winning ways in this year's Six Nations tournament.

England's hopes of winning a record third-straight Six Nations title were dented when they were beaten 13-25 by Scotland in Round Three.

Eddie Jones' side head to Paris this weekend looking to put in a calculated performance against the French.

"From our point of view, it's not an emotional thing for us," England flank Sam Underhill said in an interview on englandrugby.com

"Obviously the first thing you want to do if you lose is go and put it right again, but for us it's not about an emotional response it's about being more calculated than that - it's a deliberate technical and tactical improvement in our game.

"It's not just a case that we’re hacked off from the weekend so we're going to go and put in a good performance now as emotion is inconsistent and it's unsustainable."

Underhill added: "I think everyone is a bad loser if I’m honest, nobody likes losing," he added.

"If you don't like losing, you're not in it for the right reasons. If you don't hate losing then you’re not in the right environment playing international rugby.

"You're not going to go through life winning every game so you need the games when things don't go so well to learn how to react and how to adapt."

Underhill is in line to face France for the first time this weekend at international level and is aware of the threats that Jacques Brunel's side could pose.

"French rugby in general I’ve always thought as unpredictable and quite exciting to watch," he said.

"They've got a variety of talent in there. They've got a very big forward pack, very skilful back and a willingness to play I suppose so that will be one of the hardest things to deal with that unpredictability."

Meanwhile, Jones has named a 33 man squad to begin preparations for England's match against France in Paris.

The 24 players who were involved in this week's training camps across the country as well as apprentice Gabriel Ibitoye (Harlequins) trained at Twickenham stadium on Saturday. The remaining eight players joined up with the squad on Sunday at Pennyhill Park.

England squad:  

Backs: Mike Brown, Danny Care, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Gabriel Ibitoye, Jonathan Joseph, Alex Lozowski, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Marcus Smith, Denny Solomona, Ben Te'o, Anthony Watson, Richard Wigglesworth. 

Forwards: Dan Cole, Charlie Ewels, Jamie George, Dylan Hartley, James Haskell, Nathan Hughes, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Courtney Lawes, Joe Launchbury, Joe Marler, Zach Mercer, Chris Robshaw, Sam Simmonds, Kyle Sinckler, Sam Underhill, Mako Vunipola, Harry Williams. 


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