Malins relishing England U20 return

Max Malins says he is relishing returning to the England team this weekend as he looks to help inspire them to U20 Six Nations glory.

England U20s take on Scotland at Northampton’s Franklin’s Gardens looking to maintain their unbeaten run, having secured three bonus-point victories so far.

Another bonus-point win could see England secure their sixth U20 Six Nations title, with a game remaining, if Wales beat Ireland at Eirias Park."Hopefully I can do the shirt proud as well as help the side get another win."

“I can’t wait to get the chance to play on Saturday,” said Malins. “I’m really looking forward to it and can hopefully do the shirt proud as well as help the side get another win under our belts to send us to Ireland with a really good chance of winning the Six Nations.”

Malins, who was man-of-the-match in England’s opening match against France, also says the squad are not distracted by talk of winning the Six Nations on Saturday, or the potential of claiming a Grand Slam in Dublin the following weekend.

“We are just focussing on our game against Scotland,” he said.

“We want to win that and don’t want to rely on other results. We are looking at ourselves and preparing right to go into this Saturday and put in a good performance against a passionate and strong side in Scotland who always seem to play their best against us. We are prepared for that.”

Malins missed the games against Wales and Italy as he was involved on club duty with Saracens and he said it was a huge learning curve to be involved with their first team over the past fortnight.

“I’ve been on the bench for the past few weeks and getting a little bit of game time at Saracens which has been a good experience and will benefit me in the long term,” he said.

“It’s been pretty insightful the last few weeks since I played for the 20s.

“It’s been really good to play, I feel closer to the players and it’s promising they are putting their trust in me to be on the bench and get a little bit of game time under my belt. I’m pretty pleased.”

The fly-half also paid tribute to his U20 team mates for the speed in which they have clicked as a unit having been a relatively new group ahead of the tournament.

“The weeks building up to the camp we put a big emphasis on getting to know each other, not only on the field, but off it to build those close relationships which have allowed us to understand each other on the pitch,” he said.

“It pays dividends and shows have we clicked pretty quickly and have not waited one or two games to get flowing.”

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