BEN Foden is refusing to dwell on England’s lacklustre start to the Rugby World Cup as he prepares for his next challenge in New Zealand.
England face unfancied Georgia in Dunedin this Sunday, when they will be expected to deliver a more emphatic display than the one which saw them edge to a nervy 13-9 win over Argentina on Saturday.
Chester-born Foden, who made his World Cup debut at fullback against the Pumas, has told his dad Rob about the team’s determination to improve for Sunday’s Pool B match at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Rob, speaking to The Chronicle from New Zealand, said: “Ben was feeling slightly frustrated but, as he said, we must look forward, not backwards.
“The squad is in very good heart and are very keen to put repetitive good performances together. It was expected that Argentina would throw the kitchen sink at England and they duly did so. But at the end of the day, we caught it and threw it back at them with ultimate success.”
England needed a late try from Ben Youngs to overcome the Pumas. Northampton Saints star Foden, 26, who hails from Cholmondeley and is a former Chester RUFC player, made one trademark break upfield but was otherwise restricted to defensive duties.
Rob added: “The match was certainly not out of the top drawer, but at the end of the day all we have to do is win seven games on the bounce to win the World Cup so we will take the result and move on.”
Rob thoroughly enjoyed watching his son in World Cup action at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday.
“The Argentina fans were extremely vociferous but, as usual, all were friends afterwards and a few beers were consumed in the heart of Dunedin late into the night,” said Rob, who works for a barn conversion company and is a former head coach of Chester RUFC.
“The New Zealanders are all very hospitable people but they all supported Argentina. We are just telling them that we will see them in the final – and we keep reminding the Aussies that we won the Ashes and are number one at cricket in the world!”
England v Georgia kicks off at 7am on Sunday and is live on ITV1.