Matt Kvesic determined to take his England chance against Argentina
Last Updated: June 7, 2013 8:15am
Matt Kvesic: Impressed Stuart Lancaster against the Barbarians
Matt Kvesic says classic openside flankers are returning to the English game and he hopes to be at the forefront of their revival.
Kvesic will make his England debut against Argentina on Saturday - the first time head coach Stuart Lancaster has employed a specialist fetcher - against a side expected to challenge ferociously at the breakdown.
Australia and New Zealand are renowned for producing ball-poaching flankers but Kvesic is convinced England are now catching up and he hopes to provide an alternative to Chris Robshaw.
"They are coming back into fashion," he said. "In the past, the Premiership was about physical packs that just want to wear each other down with the 10s kicking for the corners.
"That is changing now. Players are required to be a bit quicker and more mobile. The linking, ball-winning seven fits that."
Kvesic was impressive against the Barbarians two weekends ago, when he won a turnover that led to a try for Freddie Burns inside the opening 30 seconds.
"Argentina are a big physical pack that like to flood the breakdown and to make a mess of it. I just have to beat them to the breakdown without letting them disrupt it," Kvesic said.
"We have got some quality backs like Christian Wade, Jonathan Joseph and Billy Twelvetrees and if you give them ball in space they can be lethal.
"This is a huge opportunity for guys like myself. Stuart is trying to create competition and he wants us to make it tough on the guys who are either on Lions duty or being rested."