Underhill confident in England improvements

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Sam Underhill has stated England will target 'technical and tactical' improvements in their game when they face France in the NatWest 6 Nations.

The Bath flanker won his sixth cap for as England were beaten by Scotland at Murrayfield, but says their approach to the next match will be an analytical one.

“From our point of view it’s not an emotional thing for us," said the 21-year-old. "Obviously the first thing you want to do if you lose is go and put it right again, but for us it’s not about an emotional response it’s about being more calculated than that - it’s a deliberate technical and tactical improvement in our game.

“It’s not just a case that we’re hacked off from the weekend so we’re going to go and put in a good performance now as emotion is inconsistent and it’s unsustainable."

“I think everyone is a bad loser if I’m honest, nobody likes losing," he added.

“If you don’t like losing, you’re not in it for the right reasons. If you don’t hate losing then you’re not in the right environment playing international rugby.

“You’re not going to go through life winning every game so you need the games when things don’t go so well to learn how to react and how to adapt."

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Underhill is in line to face France for the first time this weekend at international level and is aware of the threats that Jacques Brunel's side could pose.

“French rugby in general I’ve always thought as unpredictable and quite exciting to watch," he said.

“They’ve got a variety of talent in there. They’ve got a very big forward pack, very skilful back and a willingness to play I suppose so that will be one of the hardest things to deal with that unpredictability."

Underhill produced one of the stand-out moments of the tournament so far with his last ditch tackle to deny Wales a try at Twickenham Stadium, but he says he is happy to play any role Eddie Jones asks of him.

“We all want to start, we all want to contribute but it’s a team sport and we all want what’s best for the team.

“If a coach one week thinks a certain selection is the best thing to get a result then you’ve got to trust them."


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