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Navidi is fit and firing ahead of return from injury

First Team News | 6th March 2020

Josh Navidi is fit and firing as he prepares for his return from injury in Wales’ Guinness Six Nations clash against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

The Cardiff Blues back row have been drafted straight into Wayne Pivac’s starting line-up for the trip to London, as Wales look to bounce back following defeats to Ireland and France.

It will be Navidi’s first involvement of this season’s Championship, and the 23-times capped international says there is no better occasion to make his comeback.

“I’m chomping at the bit to get some rugby under my belt and I can think of no better game to come back in than against England at Twickenham,” he said.

“They are physical, good over the ball and they’ve got some good carriers there. They are quite dynamic as a back-row and it will be a challenging contest but I’m looking forward to it.

“The weather hasn’t been great over the past month but hopefully we can get some dry weather this weekend. Hopefully it will be a fast and open game.

“It’s always an edgy week and you know it’s just across the bridge. It comes a lot from the fans and just do what we do every week.

“We make sure we take care of ourselves in the preparation.”

While Navidi admits the defeats to Ireland and France were tough to take, the back row insists his side and hungry to prove a point against Eddie Jones’ side.

“It’s been tough for the boys losing out in Ireland and then France at home. We gave away too many opportunities to the French and it was there for the grasp but we just let it slip.

“The boys are still hurting from that but we are looking forward to playing England this weekend. It will be nice to finish off the Six Nations with two wins.

“We are looking forward to facing England on Saturday.”