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Paralympic champion David Weir tips England Under-20s to succeed

Last Updated: 03/06/13 3:39pm

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England Under-20s will head to the IRB Junior World Championship in France with the backing of six-time Paralympic champion David Weir CBE.

Weir, who won four Olympic golds at the London Games, was invited to speak to the Under-20s as part of his role as a mentor for the BMW Performance Academy.

And having spoken about how to perform under pressure and drive yourself to succeed, Weir believes England have the the desire and dedication to impress at the tournament.

"They seem like a good bunch of young lads that I've met today," he said. "They looked professional and switched on.

"They have all the lads pushing them to their limits in training sessions - that's good to see and they look good for the future as the next generation of England rugby players.


"You have to be 100 per cent dedicated in your sport if you want to perform at a high level. I think it's quite important as a youngster to be disciplined as well. If you really want it you will be willing to make those sacrifices.

"A lot of them were asking me about my performance and you could see that desire in their eyes to do well. They were asking me about doing well on the track and how it felt to win gold medals. I think they wanted to get a feel for the 2012 buzz as they go into their own major competition.

"If I had any advice for them, it would be not to get complacent when you do start to win. You just have to take each day as it comes and look after yourself. When it happens for you, just enjoy the moment."

England U20s captain Jack Clifford, who will lead the side out against France in their opening game, claims that the squad have learned a lot from their time with Weir.

"It was an honour to meet David," he said.

"Although our sports are totally different, there are lots of similarities in how we prepare for big matches or races.

"We can definitely learn from his experience of performing at the highest level and we'll be taking his advice through with us to the Junior World Championship."

Watch England Under-20s take on France at the IRB Junior World Championship on Wednesday live on Sky Sports 3 HD from 5.30pm.

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