Six Nations 2021: England cautious of Wales’ energy, says Matt Proudfoot
|Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 27 February Kick-off: 16:45 GMT|
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England know their hopes of defending the Six Nations may very well be snuffed out by Wales’ suffocating gameplan, says forwards coach Matt Proudfoot.
England, who misplaced to Scotland on the opening weekend, have been crushed on seven of their previous 10 journeys to the Principality Stadium.
“They only do not allow you to go. They pay money for you and simply squeeze you,” Proudfoot informed BBC Sport.
“Our focus has been to match their depth.”
Proudfoot suffered 4 successive losses to Wales throughout his time as a part of South Africa’s backroom employees, earlier than serving to mastermind the Rugby World Cup semi-final victory in October 2019.
A behind-the-scenes documentary of the Springboks’ marketing campaign in Japan confirmed South Africa’s gamers being informed in no unsure phrases of Wales’ risk, with then-head coach Rassie Erasmus evaluating their spirit and toughness favourably to England and Eire.
“I understand how robust it’s to go there and the way effectively it’s a must to be ready,” Proudfoot added.
Proudfoot picked out flanker Justin Tipuric, scorer of two tries within the groups’ 2020 Six Nations conflict, as the most effective performer in a star-studded Wales ahead pack.
“Wyn Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau, Josh Navidi, Aaron Wainwright, James Botham, they’re particular gamers, nice gamers, ” he added.
“The one actually on prime of the pile is Tipuric – should you have a look at his skillset defensively, attacking-wise, what he does within the line-out, he’s a particular participant.”
“He’s only a nice participant,” Lawes informed BBC Sport. “Actually constant, good expertise and doubtless fairly an underrated participant as effectively. He provides them so much across the park.”