‘I will definitely want to give them a couple’: Nick Tompkins jokes he might dish out some big hits to his Saracens team-mates when Wales face England in the Six Nations
- Wales face England in the Six Nations on the back of their win over Scotland
- Nick Tompkins will collide with some of his Saracens team-mates in the contest
- Wales hammered England last year but Saturday will be a different prospect
Nick Tompkins joked he might dish out some big hits on his Saracens team-mates in the England side, but was deadly serious when he said Wales plan to be ‘flying’ by the time they head to Twickenham.
Tompkins is a club colleague of England’s Maro Itoje, Jamie George, Nick Isiekwe and Max Malins which means he will go into next Saturday’s Six Nations clash with an extra edge.
After a humbling by Ireland in round one, Tompkins helped get Wales back on track with a 20-17 victory over Scotland.
Nick Tompkins and Wales are gearing up for their Six Nations trip to Twickenham to face England
After a disappointing round one defeat they bounced back with a win against Scotland
The 26-year-old said: ‘I will look forward to playing some of the Saracens boys and I will definitely want to give them a couple!
‘But I will keep my cards close to my chest, I don’t want to give too much away. Our forwards fronted up against Scotland, so it was a good improvement all round.
‘But we can do much better. If we keep steadily improving, hopefully when it comes to England we will be hitting the right strides.
‘We have to keep improving, keep the physicality, and as soon as we get that, we are going to be flying and we can be dangerous. We have to win up front.’ Wales’ two Six Nations displays to date have been chalk and cheese.
Tompkins will face a number of his Saracens team-mates including Maro Itoje
In Dublin, they never got started and a 29-7 defeat flattered Wayne Pivac’s side the game was that one-sided.
Against Scotland, Wales’ forwards came to the party with hooker Ryan Elias and lock Will Rowlands standing out. Tompkins has also got through his fair share of donkey work in the two games so far.
‘After the Ireland game we had to have a long look at ourselves. We were all disappointed and we have a lot of pride,’ he said.
‘We wanted to give an answer for us and everybody out there. A lot of people were writing us off.
‘I know how personal it (playing England) is in terms of the history of the rivalry and I love that.
‘I work better when I am level headed and I need to be aggressive, but I don’t want to get too involved in the emotional side because I feel it can sometimes waste energy.’
Tompkins and Wales will be hoping to follow off last year’s win over England with a victory at Twickenham
Wales hammered England 40-24 in last year’s Six Nations with home advantage, but a trip to Twickenham will be a very different prospect.
Head coach Pivac could yet have Uilisi Halaholo and Taulupe Faletau add to his options for the trip up the M4. Wales must down England to keep their hopes of a Championship title defence alive.
‘I am fairly comfortable now because I have been here for a couple of campaigns. I need to step up and be physical as a 12,’ said Tompkins.
‘That is one of the things I want to improve and show the coaching staff and players. You need to be physical to win this tournament.
‘There are people out there who say my defence needs to be worked on. I am hoping to prove them wrong.’