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By Tom Fordyce
Chief sports author in Miyazaki
England scrum-half Ben Youngs claims he wants something special by his third World Cup after the bitter disappointments of 2015 and 2011.
Youngs is one of four giants, together with centre forwards Dan Cole and Manu Tuilagi and Courtney Lawes, in the squad that went to New Zealand.
England were beset by off-field controversies since they went out from the quarter-finals in 2011, and then failed to escape the group stages four decades ago.
Youngs said:”Neither of these was the result I wanted.
“I believe anyone wants to look back at the conclusion of the livelihood and feel proud of achievement – along with the World Cup is always the pinnacle.
“This opportunity here with this side is probably the best chance I have of being in a position to return at a time of my career and say, yeahthat has been something really unique.”
Youngs was 22 when he made his World Cup debut in New Zealand scoring the try in Dunedin as England squeezed in their first group match.
But they fought on, a notorious team night out in Queenstown making Tuilagi being fined after jumping off a ferry and a tabloid storm into Auckland harbour.
Their defeat with a France team which had lost to underdogs Tonga resulted in the resignation of head coach Martin Johnson and three different reports to what had gone wrong at what the RFU’s manager of elite rugby, Rob Andrew, afterwards called”the World Cup out of hell”.
Youngs told BBC Radio 5 Live:”I’m proud of this fact I’ve been to two World Cups earlier – I am proud of 2011 because I had been there, also at 2015 representing England at a house World Cup, which was an accomplishment in itself.
“Every experience differs. They all teach you something. And the experience from 2011 was making sure you deliver on this and stay concentrated on the pitch.
“There were lots of distractions happening in that tournament that didn’t help us to deliver.
“World Cups are odd things, and that I don’t have the magical formula – it is sport, it occurs. It happened to us.
“I will sit here and say I am determined it will not occur again, but I can’t guarantee it.
“But it’s what coming up that matters – about this group currently under Eddie Jones. There are numerous guys who played in 2011 and 2015 who didn’t get another opportunity at a World Cup.”
Their campaign opens against Tonga in Sapporo on Sunday.
The Pacific islanders were thumped on 92-7 by New Zealand at a warm-up match this particular month .
But Youngs – the most capped number nine in history – is conscious of the threat they might pose in the tournament.
“When you play with Tonga and Samoa and South Africa, you know they are regarded as the most physical teams, plus they seldom neglect,” he said.
“We have got to create certain that physically we are up to the challenge – they are going to get a whole lot of notion through how they carry the ball and how they tackle.
“They’re big guys, so we have to be smart in how we take the ball and which channels we return – they certainly won’t give us any space around the ruck or obtaining momentum around there.
“You have to be individual. Everything you have to avoid is falling right into the trap of fool area, in which you shift it early and see what you believe is an chance or space, then they get pay there.
“There is no hiding – you have to get through a group initially before you can make the space out wide.
“They can lure out you and then, boomthey shut it down and go very hard in the breakdown and make it very hard for you.”
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