Kvesic to take "huge opportunity"

Date published: June 7 2013

England flanker Matt Kvesic has discussed the challenge he will face at the breakdown when he makes his Test debut against Argentina.

England flanker Matt Kvesic has discussed the challenge he will face at the breakdown when he makes his Test debut against Argentina.

Kvesic comes into the side to fill the number seven shirt normally held by England captain Chris Robshaw, who has been rested for the tour.

Viewed as a traditional openside flanker similar to those produced in Australia and New Zealand, Kvesic believes the need for a natural fetcher is coming back into the game.

“They are coming back into fashion. In the past, the Premiership was about physical packs that just want to wear each other down with the 10s kicking for the corners,” said Kvesic.

“That is changing now. Players are required to be a bit quicker and more mobile. The linking, ball-winning seven fits that.”

Sunday will see the highly-rated Kvesic win his first cap before switching club allegiances from Worcester to Gloucester on his return to the UK.

The upcoming challenge of containing a difficult Argentinian pack in Salta for now though is the only concern on his mind.

“Argentina are a big physical pack that like to flood the breakdown and to make a mess of it. I just have to beat them to the breakdown without letting them disrupt it,” added Kvesic.

“We have got some quality backs like Christian Wade, Jonathan Joseph and Billy Twelvetrees and if you give them ball in space they can be lethal.

“This is a huge opportunity for guys like myself. Stuart is trying to create competition and he wants us to make it tough on the guys who are either on Lions duty or being rested.”

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