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Rugby union: Ben Foden issues Six Nations rallying call for new-look England

BEN Foden is determined to erase the memory of England’s World Cup exit when the Six Nations begins next month.

BEN Foden is determined to erase the memory of England’s World Cup exit when the Six Nations begins next month.

The Chester-born fullback admitted that the team’s failure in New Zealand was ‘just not good enough’.

He is ready to make amends when England begin their Six Nations campaign a week on Saturday with a meeting against Scotland at Murrayfield.

Northampton Saints player Foden, 26, said: “The World Cup was a massive disappointment and that sense of regret and having let ourselves down has been a driving force since the day I got home.

“But it’s not enough just putting words to it. Actions are what count. It’s what we do on the field that matters.

“Until you play the first game and chalk up your first win, people will associate England with the last game – that quarter-final defeat to France. Our challenge is to erase that memory.”

Foden was one of the few England players to emerge from last year’s World Cup with their reputation enhanced.

Off-the-field controversies were matched by lacklustre displays on the field as France eliminated Martin Johnson’s team at the quarter-final stage.

New coach Stuart Lancaster has axed almost half of Johnson’s World Cup squad but has retained Foden, who hails from Cholmondeley and is a former Chester RUFC player.

 

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