England to benefit from inexperience

Date published: June 30 2015

England will benefit from having few survivors from their 2011 World Cup squad according to scrum-half Ben Youngs.

Only ten players remain from the group that went out in the quarter-finals in New Zealand, as Stuart Lancaster overhauled the squad over the last four years.

With England last campaign marred by off-field incidents, Youngs, who was part of the squad on that occasion, believes the fact there are so few players remaining will be a positive.

"The fact that we've got a lot of youth and a lot of guys who haven't played in it (the World Cup) is probably a good thing," Youngs told Talking Rugby

"They haven't experienced what some guys had to experience in 2011 which wasn't great so it's making sure the guys that were there understand what went wrong and what did we learn as youngsters. The coaches are very good at making sure that everyone is level-headed.

"It will be a pressure cooker but I think the biggest advantage will be that we can go home and spend time with family and friends. People will absolutely use that."

England have been preparing for the World Cup on home soil at Pennyhill Park before heading to Denver for a fortnight next month.

And Youngs explained that the current focus is mainly on fitness and conditioning as England prepare for a gruelling tournament.

"It's been tough. We've been put through our paces without doubt," he added. 

"It's going to ramp up again this week. But there's a real competitive squad. Everyone's in good shape and a good mood, pushing each other and that can be seen on the training pitch and in the weights room.

"It's about getting really fit and being able to be robust, able to play X amount of games week by week. Every player is working on being able to back up the conditioning and the weights. 

"We're doing the small skills stuff but predominantly at the moment it's more about the fitness element and lifting weights and making sure we're as powerful as we can be."