Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Gus Wary of Italy Threat after Close Call in Paris

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Gus Wary of Italy Threat after Close Call in Paris

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ENGLAND may never have lost to Italy, but defence coach Paul Gustard knows from bitter experience the perils of complacency in Rome.

After one round of this year's Six Nations, two teams have a chance of the Grand Slam: England, who have not achieved the feat of a clean sweep since 2003, and France.

Eddie Jones' side, who beat Scotland 15-9 in Edinburgh last weekend, travel to Rome on Sunday to play the Azzurri, perennial wooden spoon contenders.

But Gustard, in particular, will not be underestimating Italy.

"Unfortunately I was involved in an England A team that lost. It was the first England team at any level to lose to Italy," Gustard said.

"So it does happen.

If you focus on too many other things or you look too far ahead or you look towards Ireland or Wales and so on and start dreaming of other things, you'll trip up fast. …

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