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Jonathan Joseph determined to seize England chance at World Cup

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Jonathan Joseph is determined to seize his opportunity when he spearheads England's quest for World Cup glory on home soil.

Joseph will form a starting centre partnership with Brad Barritt for the first time in the final warm-up match against Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday knowing it will be the preferred midfield axis for the tournament's opening clash with Fiji.

The 24-year-old was the star of England's RBS 6 Nations campaign, celebrating his return to the side by scoring four tries in five games, and now he is among the first names on the team sheet.

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"We've just got to stay focused and not let this moment slip by. It's a great opportunity, a home World Cup, so I want to make sure I make the most of it," he said.

"I have trained as hard as I can and prepared as well as possible, working alongside the other players and coaches, to be up to speed with everything.

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"There's no point sitting back and resting on your laurels, you've got to keep improving.

"I've learned a lot and feel like I've developed as a player. I'm ready to take on whatever comes at me at this World Cup."

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