Youngs keen for England to stick to the plan

British & Irish Lion Ben Youngs is urging his England teammates to trust the gameplan as they prepare to take on France at Twickenham this weekend. [more]

Youngs keen for England to stick to the plan

British & Irish Lion Ben Youngs is urging his England teammates to trust the gameplan as they prepare to take on France at Twickenham this weekend.

Youngs, who made two Test appearances during the Lions’ 2013 tour of Australia, was named man of the match following England’s 25-13 win over Scotland last Saturday.

The margin of victory against the auld enemy should have been even greater as the Red Rose squandered a number of line breaks and try-scoring opportunities.

And while Youngs acknowledges that his side must be more clinical against Les Bleus, the scrum-half is adamant that they can’t necessarily afford to start off all guns blazing.

“The last thing you want to do in a Test match is go out there and try to chase the game and start getting loose,” explained Youngs.

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“The important thing is that we don’t change what we do. We have to back the gameplan that we come out with will be good enough to create enough chances to score tries.

“The gameplan we had against Scotland in being direct worked very well, but we weren’t able to take the chances.

“France will defend differently, but if we stick to the plan we should get opportunities. It’s when you go out as individuals that you find yourself in trouble.

“France are a good side and they won’t roll over – they beat us last year at their place – and they won’t want to do us any favours.”

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