Youngs hails England's 'most talented' squad

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Ben Youngs believes England's current crop of players have got the talent to go all the way at the Rugby World Cup in 2019.

England floundered as hosts of the last World Cup but have undergone a major revival under Eddie Jones, the former Japan boss yet to taste defeat since replacing Stuart Lancaster in November 2015.

Jones has overseen 13 of England's 14 successive victories - bringing them the Six Nations grand slam, a 3-0 series victory in Australia and a clean sweep in the November internationals.

Youngs says the squad Jones has at his disposal is the most talented he has ever played with, which stands England in good stead for the next World Cup in Japan.

"I would say talent-wise without doubt it is the most talented team I have played in, and I think we've got the best coach in terms of unlocking that talent," he told Omnisport.

"So yes I would say it's the best England team because we have got the blend between youth and experience, also got some outstanding players, some world class players in my opinion, and that it going to allow us to keep going and really do that goal we want, which is to win [the World Cup] in 2019."

Should England repeat their Six Nations feats in 2017 they would go past New Zealand's record winning streak of 18, but Youngs insists they are purely focused on winning a game at a time.

"To be honest it's something we haven't thought about, and something I haven't personally thought about," he said. 

"I remember at the end of the calendar year [2016], everyone was saying about the Australia game, but for us we just wanted to go out and win the game we didn't see it as a chance to go a season unbeaten. 

"If that [eclipsing New Zealand's record] comes about great, but we have got a fair few hurdles in our way between then and now. 

"It's a cliche but we'll just go one game at a time, all our focus is on [the Six Nations opener with] France to get that momentum."

Their achievements under Jones have understandably raised expectations with England fans, something that could place added pressure on the squad.

However, Youngs is confident it will have a positive impact on his game as they prepare for their Six Nations opener with France on February 4.

He added: "It is a good thing, it shows that people's expectations are high because they see what a talented squad we have. 

"People are aware of where we are trying to go and what we are capable of, and that's a good thing. 

"Others may see it as pressure on us, but from my point of view I think it's great, people expect us to do well and it adds to your confidence and belief within the group."

 

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