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Kvesic ready to face old friends

21st December 2013 22:32


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Challenged: Matt Kvesic

Gloucester flanker Matt Kvesic has put his time with Worcester Warriors behind him ahead of facing his old side on Sunday.

The talented openside swapped Sixways for Kingsholm earlier this year, having been on Worcester's books since the age of 14.

"I have a lot to thank them for, but I'm at a different stage of my career now," Kvesic told the Guardian.

"It's been slightly different; a new environment, new coaches, new players. I've never done anything like this before, but I've been here a while now and I'm finding my feet."

"I'm not worried about losing results because we are a good group and we will go forward, whether it's this year or next year."

Gloucester's form however has been erratic, a club with lofty ambitions currently languishing in 10th.

The form of leading players such as Kvesic and Freddie Burns has consequently dented their international ambitions with England.

"I have no one to blame but myself," added Kvesic.

"I can't sit here and blame other people. I haven't played my best rugby. I wouldn't say I've played poorly, but I've not been playing to the standard I know I should have been playing."

Kvesic therefore was left to watch on as Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola combined well with Tom Wood and captain Chris Robshaw in the November Tests.

"They worked really well ... it was a good unit," says Kvesic.

"Credit to Bills [Billy Vunipola], he had a really good start in a difficult debut against Australia and we know about Woody (blind-side flanker Tom Wood).

"He's a really good leader, he works his nuts off every game and Robbo as captain went really well again. Credit to Chris he's led the team really, really well. I'm disappointed, but I couldn't expect anything else really. I've not been playing my best rugby and those guys have worked well as a unit."

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