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Borthwick excited about England youth

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Newly appointed England captain Steve Borthwick says he is excited and honoured about leading a new-look England squad against the All Blacks.


England have six new players for the trip to the southern hemisphere.


Speaking to skysports.com, the 28-year-old said: “We have an excellent squad.


“We have got a mixture of World Cup winners and phenomenal young players and it will be an exciting test for all of us.


“It’s a huge honour for me to be leading out the team. I pride myself on a strong work ethic and level of discipline.”


Borthwick has been on two tours of New Zealand after he was part of the 2003 squad that enjoyed a rare 15-13 win, as well as the side that suffered 36-3 and 36-12 defeats in 2004.


The 2003 victory was the last time anyone beat New Zealand at home.


Borthwick recalled the intensity of his last trip to New Zealand and admitted the defeats were eye-opening.


“From a rugby point of view it’s an incredible test and challenge,” he said.


“The standard and intensity is incredible and it will be a really tough and exciting test for myself and the lads.”


The two tests on June 14 and 21 have been made all the more difficult with the absence of star first five-eighths Jonny Wilkinson and Danny Cipriani through injury.


Borthwick believes the tour provides the perfect opportunity for new squad members such as Topsy Ojo and, in particular, Dan Hipkiss to prove their worth to the national side.

 

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