Canna not distracted by praise

Date published: February 11 2016

Italy fly-half Carlo Canna won't be distracted by the nice words from Eddie Jones in the run-up to Sunday's Six Nations game.

The 23-year-old scored a try against France and despite some missed kicks impressed with his overall performance in Paris.

Now Canna is preparing for his first Test start at home for his country and revealed that while the praise was welcome, his mind had been on those missed points.

"It's nice to get those sorts of compliments but it maybe that Jones is just trying to put the pressure on me for Sunday," Canna told the Six Nations website.

"Rather than focusing on the points that were scored, or the praise that has followed, I've thought about the two missed kicks and the missed touch from a penalty. In my role I can't afford to do that.

"The game against France is gone and we paid for a lack of experience. That was the difference in the final score.

"Now we are working to cause England problems."

Canna is also looking forward to testing himself against England's combination of George Ford and Owen Farrell, who he expects to play with plenty of width.

"The choice of Jones to play Ford and Farrell, I find very interesting. They are two very good players who can both offer a lot to the team," added Canna.

"For us they are two opponents we will have to watch out for: compared to Paris it will be a very different opponent, who will use the first two phases to try to get onto the front foot before trying to open up the game.

"For that reason we need to be strong from the start, better than we were against France."