Ben Youngs says England are determined to ensure there are “no regrets” from the World Cup in Japan as the scrum-half pledged to repay Eddie Jones’ backing.
The 30-year-old is set to feature in his third World Cup and England are viewed among the tournament favourites ahead of their opener against Tonga on Sunday.
Youngs echoed Billy Vunipola’s call to his team-mates at their official welcome ceremony to create memories of a lifetime, four years on from their disappointing tournament on home soil.
“We want to enjoy it. We want to have no regrets,” said Youngs, who is England’s most experienced squad member alongside Dan Cole.
“We want to make it an amazing experience on the pitch but also off it.”
Youngs, who is one of two scrum-halves alongside Willi Heinz in Jones’ 31-man squad, was singled out last week by Jones as a player who could emerge to hold the biggest influence on their side’s chances.
The Leicester Tigers back believes time out of the game towards the end of the last Premiership season with a shoulder injury has enabled him to arrive at the World Cup in the best shape possible.
“Physically, I do feel really good. I had a long lay-off which gave me the opportunity to work on my physical fitness,” he said.
“I probably had an advantage in turning up to camp mentally fresh but physically good as well. I just want to be a part of this team.
“It is nice for Eddie to back me to perform. Hopefully I can back up his words.”
The World Cup will begin on Friday, with hosts Japan to face Russia, and Youngs admits the squad are itching to begin their campaign against Tonga, who they also faced in the pool stages on their run to 2007 final.
“It’s been a long time. You just sense the group is very excited,” Youngs said.
“It is the same for every other team that is here. We have been building up to this for a very long time.