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By Tom Fordyce
Chief sports author in Miyazaki
England scrum-half Ben Youngs says that he wants something out of his next World Cup following the disappointments of 2015 and 2011.
Youngs is among four survivors, together with centre forwards Dan Cole and Manu Tuilagi and Courtney Lawes, in the squad that travelled to New Zealand.
Controversies beset england since they failed to escape the group phases four years ago, and went outside at the quarter-finals at 2011.
Youngs stated:”Neither of them was the outcome that I wanted.
“I believe anyone would like to look back at the conclusion of the career and feel pleased with achievement – and also the World Cup is obviously the pinnacle.
“This opportunity here with this particular aspect is just about the best chance I have of being able to look back at a time of my career and say, yeah, that was something really unique.”
Youngs was 22 when he left his World Cup debut in New Zealand scoring the critical attempt in Dunedin as England squeezed within their first group match.
But they fought from there on, a notorious team night out in Queenstown creating a tabloid storm and Tuilagi into Auckland harbour.
Their defeat by a France team which had itself lost to underdogs Tonga resulted in the resignation of head coach Martin Johnson and also three separate reports to what went wrong at what the RFU’s manager of elite rugby, Rob Andrew, later called”the World Cup from hell”.
Youngs told BBC Radio 5 Live:”I’m proud of this fact I have been to two World Cups before – I am proud of 2011 because I had been there, and at 2015 representing England in a home World Cup, that was an accomplishment in itself.
“Every experience is different. They all teach you something. And the greatest encounter from 2011 made sure you provide on this and then also keep focused on the pitch.
“There were a lot of distractions going on in that championship that didn’t help us to provide.
“World Cups are odd things, and I don’t have the magic formula – it’s sport, it occurs. It occurred to us.
“I will sit here and say I am determined it won’t happen again, however I can not promise it.
“But it’s what coming up that matters – about this group currently under Eddie Jones. There are a number of guys who played in 2011 and 2015 who didn’t get another opportunity at a World Cup.”
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However, Youngs – the number nine in history – is wary of the threat they might pose in the championship.
“If you play Tonga and Samoa and South Africa, you know they’re regarded as the most physical teams, plus they seldom neglect,” he said.
“We have got to be sure that physically we’re up to the challenge – they are going to get a whole lot of impression through how they take the ball and the way they tackle.
“They are big guys, so we need to be smart in how we carry the ball and which channels we go down – they surely won’t give us some space around the ruck or getting momentum around there.
“You need to be patient. Everything you have to avoid is falling right into the snare of fool’s gold space, in which you see exactly what you believe is an chance or space and shift it too early, they get pay there.
“There’s no hiding – you have to have through a team first before it is possible to make the space out wide.
“They can lure out you and then, boom, they shut it down and go really hard in the breakdown and also make it rather hard for you.”
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