Beware of unwanted ‘noise’ after Scotland defeat, Joe Marler tells England recruits

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England’s senior players are helping their recruits block out the criticism that followed their first Six Nations defeat to Scotland.

Eddie Jones’ side were beaten 20-17 by Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday, despite taking a 17-10 second-half lead.

England were criticized following the defeat and are looking to bounce back this Sunday when they travel to Rome to face Italy.

Jones has a young squad at his disposal, with injuries meaning Courtney Lawes will be out again, but senior players, like prop Joe Marler, are helping rookies cope with the increased pressure of playing in a Six Nations.

“We are aware of the interest and the history of the tournament and how the tradition is so beautiful to be part of it,” said Marler.

“But we’re also trying to channel the energies of guys, especially new guys, and there’s a lot of noise that you don’t necessarily need to absorb.

“Be aware of its history and the importance and fun of being a part of it, but there’s also a lot of noise that will go: ‘England have just lost to Scotland, you’re the worst team in the world ‘.’.

“How do you balance that with, ‘That’s not factually correct’. What do you want to work on this week, process, to make next week a win? [We’re] trying to get that perspective for the young guys to understand. It’s difficult but it’s good. »


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