"It’s All About Argentina Now" – Deacon
On the back of England’s impressive 20-9 victory against Ireland, Leicester Tigers lock Louis Deacon feels that the intensity of the display puts the team on a good footing for their opening World Cup game on September 10.
Since making his debut against Samoa at Twickenham in 2005, Deacon has represented his country on 25 occasions, appearing on the winning side 13 times, unlucky for some, but the 6’6’’ 30-year-old says that he’s feeling fit and well prepared as the squad head to the southern hemisphere.
"I’m feeling good, and it’s all about Argentina now," said Deacon. "There’s no question we’ll be heavily turning our focus to that game next week. It’s important that we keep thinking about the bigger picture and keep making improvements.”
England suffered a humbling 24-8 defeat at the hands of the Irish back in March, but Deacon’s primary concern ahead of last weekend's game was addressing the 19-9 loss to Wales just two weeks ago, and he is now looking forward to facing Argentina in 11 days time.
“It was a good one to finish on really,” he said. “We were massively disappointed with how things went away to Wales and we were desperate to put things right.
“I certainly think we did that, it’s all about starting the game well and I was very pleased with our physicality and intensity right across the board – it was excellent. We really set a marker out there from the first minute.”
“It’s now all about being as well prepared as we can possibly be,” he added. “I think that performance against Ireland will give us massive confidence to go forward to New Zealand."
England’s midfield combination has been the subject of much debate of late, but Deacon believes that the combination of his Leicester teammate Manu Tuilagi and Gloucester's Mike Tindall worked very well against an experienced Irish side.
He said: “Manu was outstanding out there again – two tries in two international matches really speaks for itself, you can’t get much better than that. He and Mike Tindall formed a really effective partnership in the centres – they were physical and Ireland really struggled to break down their powerful defence.”
With thanks to rfu.com