Leonard backing Twickenham factor

Date published: July 8 2015

Rugby Football Union president Jason Leonard is backing England to use the home ground factor to their advantage during this year's World Cup.

The former prop, who lifted the Webb Ellis trophy in 2003, cited the fact that the hosts could play all of their key fixtures at Twickenham.

Barring one game in Manchester against Uruguay, the English will be at HQ if they win the pool and Leonard is convinced that is a major boost.

"I think the England team is looking pretty good, particularly with the strength in depth we have now," a confident Leonard revealed to Sky Sports.

"We are in a healthy position with the World Cup just around the corner.

"We have shown that we can take on the best on our day.

"If all goes well, all of our games should be at Twickenham, apart from the one against Uruguay in Manchester, which will be fantastic going on the road.

"The home crowd will be very vocal getting behind the team, and they (England) will be very hard to beat.

"I think it is a big deal playing at Twickenham, and I think England's best performances have been when the crowd is participating as well, and I expect that to be exactly the same in this World Cup."