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George Ford excited by Cardiff return as England chase Wales scalp

George Ford is eager to return to the setting for his breakthrough international performance when England continue their RBS 6 Nations title quest against Wales on Saturday.

Ford finished man of the match in the 21-16 victory at Principality Stadium two years ago in only his third start and remembers a highly-charged evening that began with a row in the tunnel when England refused to run on to the pitch ahead of schedule.

"It's a great place to go and play. Wales at home are probably a different beast with that crowd behind them in the Millennium Stadium and everything that comes with that," Ford said

"They are a very emotional team when they play at home and you have to take that into consideration, but we will be focusing on ourselves this week.

"I've only ever played there once. It was the start of the Six Nations on a Friday night. I think we had the roof open and it was a brilliant atmosphere - absolutely brilliant.

"We came out of the changing rooms that day, they turned all the lights off and we had a bit of a stand-off in the tunnel and everything that comes with that.

"It is a great place to play and we will be excited about it. When you look back, if someone asks where are the best places you've played, you would say the Millennium Stadium, for the atmosphere and everything that comes with it.

"The scale of the game - you are playing Wales and Wales and England don't particularly like each other, so it is exciting."


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