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Rugby World Cup: Ben Youngs insists England are ready to fly out of the blocks

By Staff Reporter

Ben Youngs insists England are "ready to go" as they prepare to expect the unexpected in tomorrow's World Cup opener against Fiji at Twickenham (8pm).

Sevens-specialists Fiji are positioned ninth in the global rankings and although they have been drawn in a daunting Pool A that also features Wales and Australia, they are capable of causing one of the tournament's greatest upsets.

Youngs insists England, who will be wearing their red change kit, are planning to explode out of the blocks as months of waiting including a gruelling 10-week training camp comes to an end.

"We're ready to go. It's soon now and we've been champing at the bit for a while," the Leicester scrum-half said.

"From the moment we got back from the New Zealand tour last summer we knew this was coming. It's been a long wait for a lot of guys, so we can't wait to get out there on Friday.

"There's a real edge and intensity about us; not nervousness, just excitement. If we continue to build emotionally for the next couple of days I've no doubt we'll come out of the blocks on Friday absolutely flying."

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