Hughes targets big start in France

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Nathan Hughes says England will be looking for a 'big start' when they meet France in the NatWest 6 Nations on Saturday.

The Wasps No 8 returned from injury in the defeat in Scotland and believes England need to come out of the blocks against the Les Bleus.

England travel to Paris on Saturday looking for back to back wins in the French capital following their 2016 victory there when they won the Grand Slam.

"Our mentality this week is to have a big start," said the 26-year-old.

"With France they've got big boys so if we can move them around in the early part of the game then that'll be a big bonus for us and keep the scoreboard ticking.

"If we can create that big mountain for them to climb I think it will be quite hard for them to get back."

Raring to go

Ahead of England's fourth game of the tournament, there is rain forecast at Stade de France this weekend.

Hughes, who could win his 14th cap in Le Crunch, says England will not change their intent in the match if the weather is inclement but accepts they will have to adapt.

"The weather is going to dictate the game so if it's going to be a wet one then our forwards need to muscle up on their forwards and carry us around.

"We're not going to make the weather change the way we want to play, we still want to play expansive, running rugby and for us to do that we need to be connected.

"We don't want to change too much of our game that's why we've been doing heaps of skills and stuff like that to cope with whatever weather that comes."

Although Hughes is not taking his selection for granted on Saturday, he says the whole team have a motivation to put things right off the back of a loss.

"I've got a lot of minutes into the legs so I'm ready to go if I get the nod to play this weekend," he added.

"I'll be raring to go really because of the performance when we lost in Scotland, we want to turn that around and go back to winning ways."


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