England have a lot more to show in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia, according to Leicester scrum-half Ben Youngs.
The national side topped Pool C despite having their final round-robin game against France cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis.
Now, as the tournament reaches the knock-out stages, Youngs says he and his team-mates – including five more Tigers – are in ‘exactly the right spot’.
“We’ve had a good run of games,” he told EnglandRugby.com. “I certainly don’t feel like we are under cooked. I feel we are in exactly the right spot.”
While England have enjoyed three big wins in their opening three games, the 30-year-old hinted that his side have kept some of their powder dry as the tournament builds to a climax.
“To be honest with you, we haven’t shown a huge amount in any of our games,” he continued.
“Against USA and Tonga, we kept it fairly low key in terms of what we wanted to show. Against Argentina, we showed a bit more from the playbook.
“We’ll make sure we are right and ready to go.”
And, with Tigers team-mate George Ford among the key leaders in head coach Eddie Jones’ squad, Youngs is confident that the national side possesses the right mix of characters and experience to deal with the pressure of knock-out rugby.
He concluded: “I think the guys in the [leadership] positions will allow the team to feel relaxed and go out there and play how we play and not feel uptight about it or let the occasion get to us.”
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The Pool C winners take on the Wallabies at 8.15am (UK time), while reigning champions New Zealand face Ireland at 11.15am.
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