‘England’s backs searching for fear factor’ – Joseph

Date published: January 29 2017

England’s backline want to strike fear into opposing teams as they continue their preparations Six Nations opener against France.

That is the word from the defending champions’ centre Jonathan Joseph ahead of Saturday’s clash against les Bleus and he said they are determined to improve and be daring in this year’s tournament.

Eddie Jones’ side are unbeaten in 14 matches, having also gone through 2016 unbeaten.

“We feel we’ve done well but also still feel there is another gear to go to, to become a dangerous back line,” Joseph told the RFU’s official website. See page.

“We want teams to look at our backline and for us to have a fear factor. We know we can still improve, as individuals there are areas to work on and we are going to have to do that.”

Joseph, 25, has 13 tries in 29 international matches and has warned his team mates to expect an unpredictable France side on Saturday.

One player who will be missing through injury is France centre Wesley Fofana though.

“Wesley Fofana is a great player but France have a number of great players in the centres and whoever they end up choosing will be a massive threat,” added Joseph.

“We just have to prepare for whoever plays in front of us.

“France are unpredictable, they can play an off-loading game or play it wide, preparing for them is quite tough so you’ve got to prepare for everything.

“It’s going to be more about what we do though, it’s another tough game for us but we are confident and excited. We know we have to start the game well and see it through.”

Joseph is also banking on home support giving England an extra edge on Saturday, adding: “To have a first game at home is a huge boost, we love playing at Twickenham so I can’t wait to step out there.”