We must respect Pumas – Launchbury

Date published: May 29 2013

England second-row Joe Launchbury is well aware that his side will need to be at their best if they are to beat Argentina on home soil.

England lock Joe Launchbury is well aware that his side will need to be at their best if they are to beat Argentina.

Stuart Lancaster's troops head to South America for a two-Test series without a number of their star players who are on duty with the British and Irish Lions or getting a well-deserved rest.

The Pumas remain a heavily under-rated team even though they beat Wales at the Millennium Stadium last year as well as drawing with South Africa in Mendoza. Despite this, England head into the encounter as favourites, but Launchbury knows that their opponents will be no pushovers, especially up front.

“Argentina pride themselves on how they play upfront and the way the pack goes about their business,” he said.

“They are certainly a team on the up. They put in some great performances through the Rugby Championship so we know the threat that they possess and we need to concentrate on what we can do and play to our maximum.”

The 22-year-old is confident that the largely inexperienced squad have what it takes to perform on the Test stage.

“A lot of the guys here have a great chance and a great opportunity to stake their claim,” asserted the Wasps man.

“A lot of the guys here are the in-form players in the Premiership and some of them are playing great for their clubs week in, week out.

“I suppose what Stuart wants everyone to do is come here and try to reproduce that in the white shirt.”

England get their tour underway with a clash against combined South America XV in Uruguay on Sunday.

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