Six Nations: Jack Nowell says he must fight to keep place in England's starting XV

By Alex Williams.   Last Updated: 19/02/14 4:08pm

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Jack Nowell looks on during an England training session held at Pennyhill Park

Jack Nowell looks on during an England training session held at Pennyhill Park

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England are expected to make minimal changes for their Six Nations clash with Ireland this weekend but young wing Jack Nowell says he does not yet view himself as a permanent shoo-in for selection.

It is predicted that head coach Stuart Lancaster will make one enforced change from the team that eased past Scotland at Murrayfield after prop Dan Cole was ruled out through injury.

Exeter prospect Nowell has started both of England's opening two games, coming through a shaky start in his debut against France to produce an assured performance against Scotland second time out.

Much has been made of England's new, youthful-looking set-up, with the likes of Nowell and centre Luther Burrell being blooded in Test action with next year's World Cup already on the horizon.

Despite Lancaster seeming to have selection choices with one eye on the future, Nowell insists his spot in the starting XV is far from certain.

"I think the players we've got in the squad now can be chucked in at any time," the 20-year-old said.

"Stuart gave me a chance at the start but then there are also the likes of Anthony Watson and obviously we've got (Chris) Ashton here (in the squad) as well.

"Anyone can play in any position really and I know that if you slip up in a game or you don't train to the best of your ability on the training pitch, Stuart is not afraid to give someone else a chance.

"If you slip up in a game or you don't train to the best of your ability on the training pitch, Stuart is not afraid to give someone else a chance."
Jack Nowell

"I know if I've slipped up I'm probably going to be (taken) out of the starting side. For me it's just about concentrating on trying hard in every single session and every single match to be given a chance."

Nowell has once again been named in England's matchday squad for Ireland's visit to Twickenham and with Watson and Ashton not featuring in Lancaster's 23 for the clash, he seems certain to make his third straight start for his country.

Home debut

After making his international bow at the Stade de France before travelling to Edinburgh for his second game in England colours, Nowell is relishing the prospect of stepping out for his first home Test.

He added: "It's just an extra thing to be playing at Twickenham. The experience I'll take out of that if I am involved will be massive.

"I haven't really witnessed anything like that - there was the Exeter-Harlequins Big Game Six at quite a packed out Twickenham but (the fans) weren't actually cheering for Chiefs, they were cheering for Harlequins.

"But if I was to get that chance with the whole home crowd behind us it would be amazing."

England go into the Ireland match on the back of a narrow loss to France and a comfortable victory over Scotland, while their opponents on Saturday have won both of their opening matches.

But far from being overawed by the form of Ireland, Nowell is confident England can emerge with a vital victory if they perform to the best of their abilities.

"We just want to try and make it all about us. We have our game plan, we know it works and we're going to try and stick to that as much as we can," he said.

"Obviously different stuff is going to happen in the game and we need that ability to adapt to it but we are just focusing about us."

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