Jonathan Joseph EXCLUSIVE: England not even thinking of Grand Slam…but we can beat anyone | Rugby Union | Sport


Joseph has enjoyed perhaps his most successful year in international rugby, with four tries for England and a place on a British and Irish Lions tour.

But with the 2019 Rugby World Cup now less than two years away, Eddie Jones side are on the path to redemption after their 2015 humiliation.

Along the way, they could break a record in the spring with a third consecutive Six Nations title, although Joseph insists they are ultimately not a side who talks about those sorts of statistics. 

“We’re very confident in our ability and the team that we have,” Joseph told Express Sport.

“We believe we can beat anyone and that’s our mindset.

“There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be.

“There’s always pressure [in the Six Nations] when you’re an England player.

“Every other country wants to beat you and particularly you so for us, every game is going to be hard.

“We’re going to have to be at the top of our game to get those victories.

“I don’t think anyone has ever won three back-to-back Six Nations so that’s the challenge for us.

“But we’re a team that controls the here and now. We’re not thinking about Six Nations or Grand Slams – just the next game.”

Joseph now has 35 England caps to his name and well over 100 at club level, first for London Irish before joining Bath in 2013, shortly after his international debut.

He is a centre the like of which England fans rarely seem to get excited about: he is fleet of foot and slippery, not the bulldozer of Manu Tuilagi or the ill-fated “Slamming” Sam Burgess.

But he claims he has utilised his smaller size to his advantage, although a new-found sponsorship deal with BULK POWDERS is a nod to the modern requirement for every player to reach a certain level of physicality.

“When I was younger, I was a bit smaller and I did have some protein but I never used it in the same way as I do now,” Joseph said.

“I’m not the biggest so I have to rely on my speed, my footwork and my spatial awareness a lot more.

“I like the way the game is played like that and I’m pretty happy with my genetics in that sense!”

He added: “I probably became aware of what I should or shouldn’t eat around sixth form time.

“It became quite clear then when I joined a professional set-up in my first year out of school with London Irish is where I really got to know the dos and don’ts.

“You can have it as a shake in the morning or add some oats or something.

“They’ve got recovery options, creatine, protein bars that I can snack on throughout the day – it’s a huge range. They help athletes like myself be the best I can be.

“Depending on what kind of day it is, it can be hard to get the meals in. You’re on the road, doing events and you want to keep refuelling.

“Your body is constantly adapting and repairing itself to grow so to have protein on hand is massively important.”

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