Brad Barritt looking forward to Six Nations clash with Italy

By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter: @SkysportsTC.   Last Updated: 10/03/13 2:47pm

  • Share:

Sky Bet

Brad Barritt claims England are refreshed and raring to go ahead of their RBS Six Nations clash with Italy on Sunday.

Having won three games on the bounce in this season's championship - culminating in the 23-13 victory over France at Twickenham - England have had a week off ahead of their showdown with the Azzurri.

And the 26-year-old centre, who has been in outstanding form for England, believes the break has been good for the squad.

"Things have gone very well," Barritt, who will feature in the behind-the-scenes England rugby show 'O2 Inside Line' during the Six Nations, told Sky Sports.

"We had a good week last week and then a few days off to relax and recharge the batteries. Now it is a chance to nail down the final preparations ahead of the Italy game.

"It was important to have that break, both physically and mentally. There were a few bruised bodies after the France game, while it can be mentally demanding playing three tough Test matches. However the guys have all returned refreshed and ready."


Although Italy will arrive at Twickenham having already claimed the scalp of France this season, they have never beaten England.

Subsequent defeats to Scotland and Wales have also taken the gloss off of the win over Les Bleus - with England big favourites to run away with the victory.

However despite the possibility of a Grand Slam showdown against Wales fast approaching on the horizon, Barritt insists the squad remain fully focused on the job in hand.

"I think Italy have proved over the last couple of seasons that they can't be underestimated," said Barritt.

"We certainly won't be looking past them. We will prepare as we would for any side in the world, you can't afford not to.

"We have to take it week by week. Our focus is on Italy for now just as our focus was solely on the France game last time. All our attention has to be on this game."

  • Share:


RBS Six Nations 2013 Week 4

England survive Italy scare

England survive Italy scare

England are just one game away from their first Grand Slam in a decade after beating Italy in the Six Nations. It will all come down to next week's decider with Wales in Cardiff.

Toby Flood: Says England couldn't get going in the second-half against Italy.

Flood: We're underdogs now

Fly-half Toby Flood says England will be underdogs for next Saturday's massive Six Nations match in Cardiff.

Chris Robshaw: Felt England played well at times against Italy.

Robshaw: Win was everything

Captain Chris Robshaw admits that England were unimpressive during their 18-11 victory over Italy at Twickenham.

Related Profiles

Most Popular


Carra: City's squad the best

Carra: City's squad the best

Man City have the best squad in the league, says Jamie Carragher, who feels they don't need to make wholesale changes.

Gudjohnsen: Fond memories

Gudjohnsen: Fond memories

Ed Chamberlin is joined by Eidur Gudjohnsen, who talks Chelsea's title win and his current ambitions for Iceland.

Carra, Henry hail Jose buys

Carra, Henry hail Jose buys

Jose Mourinho’s achievements shouldn’t be underestimated and are down to shrewd dealings, say the Sky Sports pundits.