Fixtures - Top Bar

Youngs still has sights set on quarter-final spot

TomYoungsLeicsLonWel1005SB15

Leicester Tigers hooker Tom Youngs is a firm believer that England will still reach the 2015 Rugby World Cup knock out stages despite a chastening defeat to rivals Wales at Twickenham.

With half an hour remaining England looked on course to put themselves on the cusp of escaping the ‘pool of death’ as they led Wales 22-12 thanks to a try from Gloucester Rugby’s Jonny May with Saracen Owen Farrell kicking the rest of the points.

And this was a Wales team – already ravaged by injuries – that saw Scott Williams, Liam Williams and Hallam Amos all forced off.

But Warren Gatland’s troops refused to lie down and after Gareth Davies had touched down, Dan Biggar added the conversion before sending a penalty through the uprights to secure a famous 28-25 victory.

It means England will now have to beat Australia next weekend if they are to have any chance of advancing, but hooker Youngs is staying confident.

“I am very convinced we can still make it,” said the Leicester Tigers hooker. “All the hard work we have done over the last 12 or 13 weeks tells me that, and all the hard work we have done before that.

“We are a tight knit group, it is challenge and one we will accept and one we will look forward to.

“There is nothing better than when you lose a game how upset and annoyed you are about it. At least now we can focus our minds straight into another game.

“If the season ended now it would drag that much longer. The best thing for a defeat is to have a game after it and the worst thing is not.

“For example last season when we (Leicester Tigers) lost to Bath in the semi-final and the season before we lost to Northampton in the final, that was the season done and that hangs with you a lot longer as you have to wait a long time to put something right.

“We can really focus our minds on this weekend. You are frustrated with what happened but we have a massive challenge next weekend and we have to get rid of the game and move on as fast as we can.

“Once we review the game we can then get into Australia and get our heads down and work towards Saturday.”

As England trailed by three points with two minutes left, they won a penalty which replacement Bath George Ford of Bath Rugby kicked into the corner rather than at the posts.

It was a tough call for captain Chris Robshaw of Harlequins to make, but Youngs doesn’t feel as though the back rower needs an arm around his shoulder – far from it.

“It is not about rallying around Chris but rallying around each other and make sure everyone is pulling in the right direction and that is what we will do,” he added.

“We will pull together and pull tighter together and make sure we have got the game plan down.

“All the little details and make sure we have everything ticked off and go into that game with a clear mind and just go for it.”
 

Latest News

Bristol Rugby skipper David Lemi returns for Pau clash

David Lemi returns as skipper when Bristol Rugby face Pau in the European Challenge Cup on Sunday (3pm KO). Only…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Will Spencer and Connor Braid set for Worcester Warriors debuts

Worcester Warriors duo Will Spencer and Connor Braid will make their club debuts this Saturday when they take on Newport…

carlhogg1111sb1617

Exeter Chiefs side to face Bordeaux Begles

Nothing less than victory will suffice for Rob Baxter and his Exeter Chiefs side ahead of Sunday’s European Champions Cup…

Jack Nowell in last season's Aviva Premiership Rugby final

Kurtley Beale named in Wasps team to face Connacht Rugby this Sunday at the Ricoh Arena

Kurtley Beale named in Wasps team to face Connacht Rugby this Sunday at the Ricoh Arena Wallaby signing Kurtley Beale…

Kurtley Beale will make his Wasps debut in the Champions Cup

England quartet return for Saracens European clash with Sale Sharks

Saracens have named their side to face Sale Sharks in Saturday’s round three of the European Rugby Champions Cup clash…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Harlequins team to play Timisoara Saracens

Harlequins has announced the squad to play Timisoara Saracens in Round 3 of the European Rugby Challenge Cup at the…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Leicester Tigers team news for European Champions Cup trip to Ireland

Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs return to the Leicester Tigers line-up for Saturday's European Champions Cup trip to face Munster…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Sale Sharks name side to face Saracens in European Rugby Champions Cup

Sale Sharks have named their side to take on Saracens in the European Rugby Champions Cup on Saturday (kick off…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Ewels and Stooke back for Bath Rugby

Charlie Ewels and Elliott Stooke both return to the Bath Rugby starting line-up tomorrow when they face Cardiff Blues in…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Fisher hails ‘outstanding’ Gloucester Rugby after La Rochelle win

Gloucester Rugby ran in four tries as they romped to an impressive European Rugby Challenge Cup win over La Rochelle,…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Shervington re-joins Wasps on short-term contract

Edd Shervington has signed a three-month contract with the club to provide cover at hooker, following injuries to Tom Cruse…

Edd Shervington

Dean Hammond – We’ll play a positive brand of rugby

Winger Dean Hammond insists Worcester Warriors will play a positive brand of rugby as they prepare for Saturday's European Challenge…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Premiership Rugby clubs in Europe live on TV

Aviva Premiership Rugby’s finest return to European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup action this weekend looking to build on…

tvrelease1111

Josh Beaumont backs Sale Sharks’ new boys to shine

Marquee summer signings AJ MacGinty and Josh Charnley are primed and ready to make their presence felt in the second…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Match officials for this weekend’s European fixtures

Northampton Saints will face Leinster in a rematch of the memorable 2011 final as the European Rugby Champions Cup returns…

629845781DM00026_Saracens_v

Sam Egerton ready for fierce Lyon challenge

Scrum-half Sam Egerton believes Newcastle Falcons can push on and meet ‘fire with fire’ against Lyon in the European Rugby…

Sam Egerton making a break against Ospreys in the Challenge Cup

Geoff Parling: Chiefs can draw European inspiration from last season’s heroics

Following two defeats from two, qualification for the European knock-out stages may look like mission improbable – but if there’s…

666709985_ht_1936_5ffe036790f2651d04cf02d772136916.jpg

Aaron Morris desperate for Quins to sort out away form

Aaron Morris is proud of Harlequins’ record at the Stoop but the full-back has warned his teammates the season will…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library

Fenton-Wells confident Lam will make impact at Bristol Rugby

Bristol Rugby flanker Nick Fenton-Wells is confident the club have acquired a top coach in Pat Lam but won’t let…

Generated by  IJG JPEG Library