England face the Italians at Twickenham on Saturday…
Ben Youngs has revealed that he will be using England’s match against Italy as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup, reports the Daily Mirror.
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He said, “As a team, week by week, we have got to push on from where we are at,” he said. “Every game now is a dress rehearsal for the World Cup. We’ve got seven games before our opener against Fiji so Italy at home is very much a dress rehearsal for a home World Cup.”
The 25-year-old is one of only two survivors from the team that got knocked out of the last World Cup amid controversy four years ago. When the tournament comes around this time they will be hoping for a better showing in front of the home crowds.