Foden expecting to get fresh wave of hostility

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Ben Foden is ready to renew cross-border hostilities when England tackle Wales in Saturday’s “crunch” RBS 6 Nations match – but this year he will be keeping his mouth shut.

Last year, Foden intensified a war of words between the two camps by proclaiming in his match-day newspaper column: “We are England, we are the big country, we are going to put these guys in their place.”

England did win at the Millennium Stadium – a result which launched their successful Six Nations title campaign, but Foden’s comments left a bitter taste west of the Severn Bridge.

The Northampton full-back enjoyed the intensity of the occasion, but every time he logs on to Twitter this week he gets another reminder of what is in store on Saturday.

“I’m obviously not their favourite person after last year’s comments,” said Foden.

“Have you been on my Twitter page? Social media makes us much more accessible and the Welsh make their views very forward and blunt. It’s good people can get very patriotic about it. This year I’m sure there’ll be a lot of hostility between the two sides. Being the crunch game it should be an interesting spectacle.”