Rugby World Cup 2015: Jamie Noon wants England to recreate ‘Olympic spirit’

Former Red Rose centre Jamie Noon calls on England to recreate the spirit of London 2012 at the Rugby World Cup

By Sam Rogers
Saracens centre Jamie Noon Photo: BMW

England should take advantage of the unique feeling of being a host nation to drive them on to World Cup glory, according to former Red Rose international Jamie Noon.

The 36-year-old, who represented England at the 2007 tournament, believes the current crop of stars should draw inspiration from the impact the London crowds had on Team GB at the 2012 Olympics.

It is a truly once in a career if not a lifetime occurance so the lads must realise they have a chance to do something special by winning on home soil

Jamie Noon

The British athletes enjoyed unrivalled success in front of their own fans which Noon believes was no small part due to the support of the host crowd.

“You look at the way athletes were inspired by their own fans in London it was amazing,” Noon told The Sport Review.

“We won medals there that perhaps we wouldn’t have won at another games purely because these athletes were spurred on by performing in front of the British public.

“It is a truly once in a career if not a lifetime occurance so the lads must realise they have a chance to do something special by winning on home soil.”

Not all host nations perform the way Team GB did and some struggle under the weight of expection, most recently the Brazilians at last year’s football World Cup, where they crumbled under the pressure of being hosts to be routed by eventual champions Germany in the semi-final, before being humbled by the Netherlands in the third place playoff.

Noon though believes England must try to enjoy the experience and not worry about the added pressure of expectation.

“Some host nations struggle to cope with the pressure, I mean look at the All-Blacks four years ago,” Noon added.

“Yes they won the tournament, but it wasn’t a usual confident and dominating display, it was nervous.”

“England can’t afford to suffer the same way, they need to grab the opportunity by the scruff of the neck and play on the support of the crowds.

“Either way it will be a great experience for the players, one they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Jamie Noon is an Emirates ambassador for Rugby, encouraging young fans to find the flag hidden in Leicester on the 27th of June to win the chance to lead a team out at Rugby World Cup 2015. Visit Emirates Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to follow the #EmiratesFlag

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