Six Nations 2013: England braced for ultimate test, says Andy Farrell

Six Nations 2013: England coach Andy Farrell says the Red Rose are braced for the "ultimate test" against Wales on Saturday

By Sportsbeat
stuart lancaster
Stuart Lancaster's side take on Wales this Saturday Photo: The Sport Review

stuart lancaster

England defence coach Andy Farrell insists Wales’s superior Six Nations Grand Slam experience will count for nothing this weekend at the Millennium Stadium.

Stuart Lancaster’s England, who have won their opening four fixtures in the championship against Scotland, Ireland, France and Italy, are aiming to win their first Grand Slam in a decade.

Comparatively, Wales are packed with slam experience – props Gethin Jenkins and Adam Jones played in the 2005 and 2008 slam deciders, while scrum-half Mike Phillips and locks Alun Wyn Jones and Ian Evans featured in the last two.

After a sluggish start against Ireland – they lost their opening game in Cardiff – Rob Howley’s men have won their last three Six Nations fixtures and if they can beat England by seven at the weekend, they will retain their title from 2012.

“When we have had a challenge thrown at us we have responded,” said Farrell. “It is the ultimate test to go there and win but it is where we want to be.

“Wales have been there and done it. They have been a tremendous side over the years. They have a lot of experience and won Grand Slams.

“But we don’t mind a bit of adversity. It is where we have been good in our short time together.

“Experience has to start somewhere and we have to be challenging to win our first trophy.”


MORE: Have your say on Facebook

MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho sets Man United challenge for Anthony Martial
The Sport Review
Top 50 most stylish footballers in the world in 2017: Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 40 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
Top 25 footballers’ cars: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Real Madrid players feature
The Sport Review
Top 20 Nigerian footballers in Premier League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool stars feature
The Sport Review
Arsenal player wages 2017: Do you know how much Xhaka, Ozil and Coquelin earn each week?
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho lifts lid on Man United’s remaining transfer plans
The Sport Review
Arsene Wenger sends open message to Arsenal supporters about Alexis Sanchez
The Sport Review
Man United 1 Real Madrid 1: Talking points as Anthony Martial looks sharp