Ben Youngs determined not to miss out on Grand Slam this time
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Ben Youngs is determined to not feel the pain of missing out on a Grand Slam for a third time with England.
The Norwich-born Leicester Tigers star has started all of England's matches in new head coach Eddie Jones' first Six Nations campaign.
The scrum-half was among England's best performers in Saturday's 25-21 victory over Wales at Twickenham, which led to the title being won after Scotland beat France on Sunday – leaving England with the chance to win their first Grand Slam since 2003. To do that they must beat France on Saturday night, with Youngs one of just five players remaining from the 2011 title-winning squad which were denied the Grand Slam in a 24-8 loss in Ireland under Martin Johnson's stewardship.
'I remember in 2011 it was very bittersweet,' the former North Walsham and Holt junior said. 'We'd won the cup but we'd been pumped by Ireland. I don't want to feel that weird sensation again.
'We'll just focus on beating France. That's the main goal regardless of what happens.'
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The 26-year-old former Gresham's School pupil earned his 56th cap at the weekend and is now on the verge of the biggest success of his career so far.
'If we could go all the way it would be fantastic and it would show we have learned lessons, not only from previous Six Nations but the World Cup as well,' Youngs added, speaking to the Daily Telegraph. We've played in games when the opposition aren't playing for anything other than to stop you winning it.
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'Teams often don't need much more motivation than playing against the English so I'm sure when we go Paris they will be trying to spoil the party. We've just got to focus on our processes and what we do. That's one good thing we have been doing over the last few weeks – purely focusing on what we are about and what we are trying to improve. '
• Joe Marler will discover today if he is to be punished for verbally abusing Wales' Samson Lee, but the England prop is already destined to miss the final attempt on the Grand Slam.
Marler will face a disciplinary hearing this week after being cited for striking Lee's team-mate Rob Evans in the first half of the 25-21 RBS 6 Nations victory at Twickenham on Saturday, with the offence carrying an entry point sanction of a two-week ban.