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RBS 6 Nations: Billy Twelevetrees eyes shot at redemption

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 24, 2014

Billy Twelvetrees took centre stage against Ireland and is relishing England's revenge mission against Wales

BILLY Twelvetrees admits England are already eyeing a Six Nations shot at redemption against Wales.

Stuart Lancaster’s men blew the Championship wide open with a thrilling victory over Ireland on Saturday to end the Celts’ hopes of a Grand Slam.

They face the reigning champions, who are back in the title race after a dominant performance against France, on March 9, and memories of last season’s record defeat still painful.

England were massacred by Wales in the tournament decider at the Millennium Stadium but Twelvetrees revealed his team-mates are already counting down the days to their revenge mission.

He said: “The Wales game is massive. We want to be a Championship side that wins things and we won’t shy away from that. Wales coming to Twickenham is massive, especially after last year and the boys can’t wait for it. We have momentum and huge belief.”

England withstood a relentless Irish storm after Danny Care’s sensational second-try put them into the lead on the 56th minute.

They clung onto their advantage with some heroic defending and Twelvetrees reckons the victory will do England wonders.

He said: “It was physical and intense and there was a lot going on at the same time but the boys were terrific. We could have gone into our shell after Ireland scored but we stayed composed and got straight back into it.

“It was a big win for morale. There was a lot of relief after the full-time, that’s always the case in such a close game. We defended for a long time so to get the result was something we were very happy with.

“There’s huge belief in this team and a lot of intent that we go out and play good rugby. The boys were fighting for each other and working really hard and that was shown in the last few minutes when Joe Launchbury tap-tackled Dave Kearney on the wing. That shows the work-rate and desire of the boys who want to play well for England and shows how much it means for them.”

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