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Evans relishing prospect of making Twickenham debut

International | 4th March 2020

Jarrod Evans is licking his lips at the prospect of making his Twickenham debut during Wales’ Guinness Six Nations clash with England on Saturday.

The Cardiff Blues outside half has featured as a replacement in all three of Wales’ matches during this campaign, taking his international cap tally to six caps.

Evans, who faced England at Principality Stadium last summer, has enjoyed his first campaign of Six Nations action but is fully focused on another big occasion in London on Saturday.

The playmaker said: “I haven’t actually played there myself but looking on I think most teams defend pretty hard in the first 20 minutes.

“The last time we played them was in the warm-up game and they came out firing. I think it’s about how you weather that storm and if you come through that alright then you are through the best part of it.

“The Six Nations is completely different and when there’s something riding on it it means a lot more. It will be a good occasion.

“It’s been good getting a chance at this level. It’s the most I’ve been involved, especially in the Six Nations.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time and I’ve enjoyed working under these coaches as well. It’s a nice new voice which is new for a lot of us but it’s also enjoyable at the same time.

“I feel like my game has come on and hopefully whether I’m here or back at my region I try and take that into each game. I’m just enjoying the exposure at the moment.”

Wales head into the clash against Eddie Jones’ men following back-to-back defeats against Ireland and France.

However, Evans is encouraged by his side’s overall performances but emphasises the importance of a strong start in Twickenham.

The Cardiff Blues academy graduate added: “I feel we are creating a fair bit but probably just trying to finish off one or two things and taking opportunities last weekend and the game goes the other way. Everyone’s outlook on it would be completely different then.

“It’s about how we can get better and how we can finish those chances and the games could have gone a lot differently.

“They’ve (England) gone pretty well. There’s a lot of consistency in their side and I don’t think they change the way they play for each other.

“We know what’s coming from them with their power game especially at home. I think it’s all about how we weather that first 20 minutes because they are going to come at us pretty hard like most sides do at home.”