England will be relaxed and ready to show more of their game as they head into their upcoming Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia.
That’s according to scrum-half Ben Youngs as preparations ramp up for the clash in Oita on Saturday. England have been training in Miyazaki after their final Pool C game against France was cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis.
But Youngs stressed the team will be ready for Australia and sees the extended period between games as a great opportunity to prepare.
“We’ve had a good run of games,” said Youngs. “I certainly don’t feel like we are undercooked. I feel we are in exactly the right spot.”
"I feel we are in exactly the right spot."
.@benyoungs09 relishing the challenge of Australia in the quarter-finals.
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England’s third most capped player said Australia usually come with a few tricks up their sleeve but warned England will too.
“To be honest with you we haven’t shown a huge amount in any of our games,” added Youngs.
“Against USA and Tonga, we kept it fairly low key in terms of what we wanted to show. Against Argentina, we showed a bit more from the playbook.
“We’ll make sure we are right and ready to go.”
Youngs is confident the team have the characters and experience to deal with the pressure of knockout rugby and called out the Saracens players who have won multiple major honours.
“I think the guys in the (leadership) positions will allow the team to feel relaxed and go out there and play how we play and not feel uptight about it or let the occasion get to us,” he said.