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Youngs not underestimating Scotland

Ben Youngs has warned England they cannot afford to take Scotland lightly in Sunday's Calcutta Cup clash at Twickenham.

England are on course for a first RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam in eight years after wins over Wales, Italy and France, while Scotland's bullish pre-tournament talk has been wiped away by defeats to France, Wales and Ireland.

Leicester scrum-half Youngs believes that Scotland's autumn win over South Africa is a clear sign of what dangerous opponents they will be, saying: "Every game in the Six Nations is very tough and Scotland v England and the rivalry and everything that comes with it brings a bit of spice, and it should be great to watch and to play in it is a great honour and it is the sort of game you want to play in."

He added: "A Slam is in sight but at the same time Scotland lie ahead of us. We are playing very well, we are in a good position but we know what challenges lie ahead.

"But we have enough talent to overcome the obstacles ahead of us, it's about performing at the weekend and having the right attitude towards the game."

Youngs spoke of his frustration at his own performance during England's 17-9 win over France just over a week ago, but believes it is that desire for improvement that has brought about the upturn in the recent fortunes of Martin Johnson's men.

"You have to keep working hard as an individual, there are areas I need to work on and keep improving and that's the main thing. No-one is every happy," he said.

"Chris (Ashton) scored four tries against Italy and there are things he was not happy with, and the things about this squad is everyone is moving in the right direction and everyone is putting the effort in to make sure we keep moving forward and keep up our momentum."


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