Worsley reflects on England's six nations defeat to Wales

PUBLISHED: 16:40 17 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 October 2009

FORMER Welwyn back-rower Joe Worsley was philosophical after playing his part in England's narrow 23-15 defeat to Wales in the RBS Six Nations on Saturday. The London Wasps flanker said: ""I've been around long enough to know how hard it is to win a champi

FORMER Welwyn back-rower Joe Worsley was philosophical after playing his part in England's narrow 23-15 defeat to Wales in the RBS Six Nations on Saturday.

The London Wasps flanker said: "I've been around long enough to know how hard it is to win a championship, let alone a Grand Slam.

"Games like today are the turning points - that's why I'm especially gutted.

"We've come to an especially difficult place to play against a great team. We could have won, but we didn't.

"We're still a few stages away from being as good an attacking team as we want to be, but we're definitely on the road now, which is encouraging.

"I think we have players with the right belief and hopefully down the line we'll be back to winning things."

Worsley joined Wasps at the age of 16 from Welwyn.

He became the youngest player to represent England U21s, after being a member of the England Schools 18 Group Grand Slam team in 1994-95.

On the Wales defeat, team manager Martin Johnson added: "I feel it's a Test match we could have won, despite the penalty count and the yellow cards.

"If only we'd executed a little bit better and kept our composure.


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