Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Haskell: We'll Turn This around; Power and Pain: James Haskell (Left) Battled All the Way to the End against the Welsh at Twickenham While Luke Narraway (above, Right) Was Another Young England Star Left Frustrated by the Scoreline at the Final Whistle

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Haskell: We'll Turn This around; Power and Pain: James Haskell (Left) Battled All the Way to the End against the Welsh at Twickenham While Luke Narraway (above, Right) Was Another Young England Star Left Frustrated by the Scoreline at the Final Whistle

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Byline: CHRIS JONES

WASPS flanker James Haskell today insisted that England "are going to bea potent force" despite Saturday's damaging opening RBS Six Nations defeat byWales.

Haskell was one of the few players to emerge with any credit and put in anoutstandingly aggressive performance during the 26-19 loss.

The 22-year-old and new boy Luke Narraway were able to retain their disciplineduring the catastrophic final 20 minutes against Wales while veterans such asJonny Wilkinson, Andy Gomarsall and Iain Balshaw lost the plot.

As Wales registered their first win at Twickenham for 20 years by winning thesecond half 20-3, not even England's horrendous run of injuries which forcedfive players to depart, could excuse the demise of men like Wilkinson andBalshaw.

With just two caps, Haskell had no reference points when the wheels came offEngland's chariot and, instead, played instinctively.

Haskell was still barging his way through Welsh tackles, carrying the ball withreal venom at the very end with Narraway close by his side. Now, these twoyoungsters will be joined by fit-again Nick Easter in the back row againstItaly in Rome on Sunday in a match England cannot afford to lose.

Having ruined their chances of Grand Slam and Triple Crown glory, they can onlyhope that other results go their way to keep a championship title chance alive.

With Tom Rees and Lewis Moody ruled out, Haskell has a huge role to play inRome and he said: "As one of the young guys in the squad, facing three awaygames in a row now in the championship doesn't hold any particular fears. Ihave never been to Rome to face Italy and it's only about putting in aperformance in the next match. That's what we are all about.

"The message in the dressing room after the game was about being more ruthlessand disciplined and we have to put in a big performance against Italy.

"Rugby is built on the basics of keeping it simple and we didn't do that duringthe second half. …

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