Courtney Lawes is in confident mood ahead of England's Six Nations opener © Getty Images
Rugby News Lawes: We're ready to take on the French
Courtney Lawes is delighted to have enjoyed an injury-free season so far and says England’s pack are confident of asserting themselves at the Stade de France on Saturday.
Lawes has been on the receiving end of some rave reviews this season for both club and country. His 15 appearances in the black, green and gold have been added to by caps in all three Autumn Internationals, the first time the 24-year-old has managed such a feat in test matches since 2010.
“It’s just good to be fit this year – touch wood – and playing consistent rugby,” Lawes told RFU.com
. “Getting 80 minutes every week is hard on the body but it’s good on the mind.
“I just want to go out there and play the best I can. If my game doesn’t have any mistakes in it, the rest is a bonus.”
While England earned two wins from their three matches at Twickenham in November they face a stiff task to open their Six Nations campaign - away to France. But Lawes is relishing the challenge ahead of the team.
“They’re just going to big boys in the pack and they’re going to look to dominate us," he added. "It’s going to be a big challenge for us and if we win, we’ll have a great platform to go off.
“[We back ourselves], especially in the scrum and the lineout. We’re very strong and organised there – technically very good. That counts for a lot.”
England's Six Nations opener against France will be screened live from Paris in all the bars at Franklin's Gardens straight after the Saints' LV= Cup clash with Saracens.
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