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Kay keen to put things right

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As one of England's current vice-captains, Tigers second row Ben Kay is as keen as anyone to get the national side back to winning ways. Kay lines up against South Africa today determined to help Andy Robinson's side bring an end to their seven-match losing streak.

"We live in a results driven culture," says Kay. "As players, we try not to fear losing but when you do lose it hurts because you make big sacrifices to play international rugby. We know we have got to get the balance right in the team and the way we play, but there are still areas of our game where things went right. We've been working on combining all those areas for this weekend.
"For me personally, it's important that I go out confident in my form. This week we've had time to ourselves, concentrating on what we need to do to play well, and for me that's enjoying the game."

Having played for his country against South Africa on previous occasions, Kay is aware of the physical battle that awaits him and his England colleagues. Fortunately for England supporters, Kay has never been one to shirk a challenge. 

"South Africa have brought in some fresh blood - they'll be keen to show what they can do and that they deserve to be in the team. If they can get their combinations right they will be very dangerous. We're expecting a physical game, but that will suit our pack.  Both sides know that it's imperative to win, but that just makes it more to look forward to."