Cardiff atmosphere doesn’t bother Nowell

Date published: February 7 2017

England wing Jack Nowell will not let the fireworks and pre-game atmosphere affect him against Wales in Cardiff this Saturday.

Nowell, who came off the bench against France last weekend, is highly likely to be in the matchday 23 again at the Principality Stadium.

And he’s expecting a hostile crowd before and during the game as both sides look to make it two wins from two in the 2017 Six Nations.

“You are always going to get the fireworks, the noise and the atmosphere,” the in-form Nowell told England Rugby. “It is one of those things we have to take in and enjoy; it is all part of the experience.

“Personally, I’m not too bothered; it is a great place to go and play. The most important thing for us is working on the basics well, and just keeping it all about us.”

Both Liam Williams and George North scored for Wales against Italy last week and Nowell admits he admires the duo’s qualities as players.

“They are very dangerous,” he said. “George has a good history of finishing; he is a big, strong and powerful runner. Liam is playing well this year, especially for Scarlets, and is one of their most dangerous runners.”

He added: “Wales could do anything on the weekend, so it is about us being ready. We have to prepare just like it is any other game.

“We know our systems, and know what we need to be doing.”