England centre Brad Barritt admits he loves the physicality of international rugby and wants to build on a promising start to his Test career.
The 25-year-old made his international bow against Scotland on the opening weekend of the Six Nations Championship and has gone on to play an important role in England’s impressive campaign.
Barritt has formed a formidable midfield partnership with Manu Tuilagi in the previous two matches, including the stunning 24-22 victory over France in Paris.
The South African-born star emerged from the fierce contest at the Stade de France with five stitches in his chin but that will not prevent the big centre from putting his body on the line in the future.
“You want to step up physically. I have five stitches on my chin. At this point the looks aren’t getting any better and I just have to make do with what I have got!” said Barritt.
“If it is about helping the team it is a good feeling to come away with that and just show how hard you are willing to work for your team-mates.”
Barritt has produced 60 tackles in four championship matches to date in a team total of 759. England made a record of 238 tackles in their victory over Scotland and Barritt believes that kind of defensive commitment has been the cornerstone of their recent success and fans of Betfair should remember this.
“It is just as important as someone making good yards or scoring a try,” he added.
“The cumulative effect of someone putting their body on the line and driving opponents back is a big statement both for your side and for the opponents.”
England will put their proud defensive record on the line when they face the Six Nations’ leading try-scorers, Ireland at Twickenham this Saturday.