FORMER Redruth loan star Jack Nowell is backing England to come back strongly in Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland at Murrayfield after his debut ended in a heartbreaking defeat in Paris.
The 20-year-old Exeter Chiefs wing endured mixed fortunes as England conceded a late try to lose 26-24 to France in a thrilling Six Nations encounter.
But Nowell was retained in the England squad for the trip to Scotland, with the team being announced this morning.
Nowell said: "I'm just looking forward to it, and fingers crossed I can get another start against Scotland.
"We played some good rugby at times (against France), and we'll look to regroup over this next week and come back strongly against Scotland."
Reflecting on his England debut, Nowell said: "For me, there were always going to be nerves because this is something I have wanted for so long.
"I made a bit of a mistake at the start and the ball did bounce our way a couple of times, but we didn't panic and we stuck to what we planned to do.
"I thought we did well to come back after such a strong start from them.
"To be honest, I've come off gutted with a few mistakes I made and obviously the end result, but at the same time I'm still excited that I was out there playing with some of the boys that I have played against this season and last season."
Nowell was among several players who suffered cramp in the second half, but England head coach Stuart Lancaster explained the demands of the match led to the number of players being struck by muscle contractions.
He said: "The amount of cramping was a reflection of the game. It was a match played at the highest intensity – the longest in duration in my time."
Meanwhile, Redruth will be bidding to make it three straight National 2 South wins when they entertain Dings Crusaders at the Recreation Ground on Saturday (3pm).
The Reds ended their long wait for a first away win of the season at the weekend when they ran out 35-13 winners at Exmouth (match report page 91).
Head coach Ashley Morcom was delighted with his side's performance, which was their first win away from the Recreation ground for 12 months:
He said: "A top performance, it was massive for us to come away from home and get five points.
"Full credit to our guys today, they played some really good rugby and when chances came we took them."
There is an invitational buffet lunch before Saturday's game (1.30pm), where the guest of honour will be Richard Sharp OBE.
President Derek Collins, will present Sharp with a Redruth Player's Cap to launch a new scheme whereby anyone who has played 1st XV rugby for the club may order their own individually made cap.
Contact Hon. Secretary Roger Watson on 07790 365250 for more details.