Oct 02, 2015
England ready ahead of Wallabies showdown - Barritt
Brad Barritt believes England will be ready for their crunch clash against Australia on Saturday, with the Saracens centre praising his side’s ‘resilience’ ahead of the Pool A group clash at Twickenham Stadium.
The sight of a bloodied and battered Barritt in England’s last fixture against Australia in November 2014 underlined the 29-year old’s credentials as one of the world rugby’s toughest competitors, and the Saracens man is hoping that once again England can throw the ‘kitchen sink’ at the Wallabies much like they did in their Cook Cup triumph in the Autumn international series.
“This team has an incredible amount of resilience, over the past couple of years we’ve had setbacks along the way but we’ve always responded well,” he said.
“In terms of our preparation this week it’s been spot on, the guys came back with a definite point to prove and there was a hunger within the camp. It’ll be one that we’ll throw the kitchen sink at.
“There’s always a bit of perspective after a loss, the great thing is our destiny is in our own hands and that’s the way we’ve seen it since Sunday – put the past behind you and move on.
“If things had been different it may have been harder to move on.
“We know this weekend is even bigger than last weekend because of the outcome it has for the rest of the tournament. The team’s got themselves into pretty good mental and physical shape to take on this huge encounter.
“The whole voice of Twickenham will be behind us and the guys can’t be more ready.”
Barritt is glad to be back in a more familiar role – and he’s convinced yet another different midfield combination can be a winning one.
“If you’ve got an opportunity to play for England you’ll play wherever you’re needed, but 12 is obviously my preferred position,” added the 29-year-old.
“That’s where I play for my club and the majority of my games for England, so I’m very pleased to be back.
“There are opportunities from within this camp to have great balance, we are never going to die wondering in terms of this game.
“But there’s got to be that balance between attack and defence, we’ve all trained together over the last three months and we’re all very comfortable with each other.”