Youngs excited for ‘hostile’ Principality Stadium

Date published: February 10 2017

England scrum-half Ben Youngs is relishing Saturday’s Six Nations fixture against Wales in what he believes is one of the best stadiums in world rugby.

England face Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff and Youngs cannot wait for the clash.

"I don’t think there is a better place to play, I absolutely love it, it is a great stadium and a fantastic atmosphere," Youngs told the RFU website.

"I feel if it doesn’t get the best out of you as a player then you probably need to ask yourself some questions.

"I’ve always said it’s fantastic, I enjoy going to hostile and challenging stadiums and it will be no different this weekend. There is nothing but excitement from our point of view."

England are currently unbeaten in 15 matches, 14 of which have come under head coach Eddie Jones and Youngs says the squad are growing in confidence with each victory.

The side narrowly beat France 19-16 in their Six Nations opener despite not performing to their usual high standards but he expects them to improve against Wales.

"The winning run adds belief and confidence, obviously last week was not the performance we wanted but we found a way to win," he said.

"If you are playing badly and can find a way to win then that is a good thing. Other teams probably want to burst our bubble and stop that record so we’ll just have to keep building week by week."

Youngs was part of an England team that were beaten 30-3 in 2013, ending their hopes of the Grand Slam.

However, he believes the side are better equipped to take on Wales in Cardiff this time around.

"In 2013 there was an element of a team that wasn’t quite sure what was coming their way," said the Leicester Tigers number nine.

"I look at the team now compared to then; the experience is outstanding, looking back there was an element of naivety. When I look at us now we’re so much better equipped to go out there and perform."