Armand looks to bring positive energy

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Don Armand says he hopes to bring a positive energy to the England camp after his inclusion in the 32-man squad to face Ireland in the NatWest 6 Nations.

The 29-year-old won his sole England cap on the tour of Argentina last summer when he came on as a replacement in the first Test in San Juan.

Ireland visit Twickenham Stadium on Saturday looking to secure the third ever Grand Slam, but England have won five of the last six meetings against the men in green at the Home of England Rugby.

Asked what head coach Eddie Jones wanted from this week, the Exeter Chief responded: "Energy and enthusiasm.

"With how we want to prepare, it is about being a positive influence. Everyone is a bit down but they are kind of leaving that behind and starting to focus on the weekend.

"We've got to try and get the positive energy back in and that's where we're heading - hungry would be a good word."

Exciting prospect

Armand has seven tries in 22 appearances for Exeter this season as they sit top of the Aviva Premiership in defence of their maiden title in 2017/18.

With Courtney Lawes and Nathan Hughes both ruled out of the game against Ireland, Armand could be line to feature and is happy to be included anywhere across the back row. "If Eddie wants anything specific then I can try and give it to him."

"My role is whatever it needs to be," he added. "I have't come with any preconceived ideas of what I can bring and that's the only thing I can do.

"Really my job when I come up here is to make sure that I put my best foot forward and if Eddie wants anything specific then I can try and give it to him.

"We want England to be successful and you only do that by making sure the team comes first and you're filling a role within the team on an individual basis."

He has been playing in England since 2013 when he moved to Exeter Chiefs and was part of their title winning side last season where he was named man of the match in the game against Wasps at Twickenham.

If he does feature on Saturday, it is something Armand is relishing.

"It's an exciting prospect for me individually.

"For the team it's another home game, it's somewhere where we go that is really important the guys perform well. I think the guys excited to be back there."


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