Ben Youngs and Elliot Daly discuss England's plans to start matches quickly

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England scored a try in the opening four minutes of a game for the fifth time in a row when Jonny May crossed the line against France on Sunday.

Their blistering starts begun in the 2018 Autumn internationals against New Zealand as Chris Ashton scored and following on from that game against Japan it was Danny Care who opened the scoring.

In the last three games, including their opening Six Nations win against Ireland, it has been May who has put the ball down for England.

There has been an obvious strategy in England's play and scrum-half, Ben Youngs, has said that it comes from careful planning on the training ground.

"It’s attention to detail, clarity, and just building up the week right so you can come out of the blocks like we have been able to," he said, according to The Independent.

"That involves walk throughs, making sure that absolutely everyone knows their role, and it involves making sure that you’re physically and mentally right so that when the whistle goes everyone is on-board and we’re going for it.

"We’ve been able to execute that in training and we’ve been able to transfer that to games so it all comes back to having very clear clarity within the side to how we want to play and where we want to go."

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England have obviously been looking to send the ball deeper at kick-off than in previous years. Owen Farrell has been targeting a kick that sends the ball further into enemy territory hoping that it is cleared into touch, in turn giving England possession in a dangerous area.

There is a clear mentality around the squad that is shared by every single of the players whereby the whole squad knows the game plan and what is expected of them individually.

Elliot Daly, England's full-back who set up the opening try against France, has backed up what Youngs said and knows the team have to be switched on from the start.

"You have to take every opportunity that comes, especially in that first 20 minutes. It's a massive part of the game nowadays and in the last two weeks we've executed our plan really well in the first 20 minutes."

"You have to go into the game with a plan, obviously, but you read what is going on out there and then make certain decisions. If you have something in your head to do and you execute that it might not be the right decision so you just have to make a decision on the field and we did that really well today with the communication from the outside with the wingers and centres."

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Even more telling is that England coach Eddie Jones was disappointed that there were not more points on the board, Jones feeling England could have had 20 more points than they got.

Youngs added: "It’s probably a mark of where we want to be. It just felt there were a fair few opportunities out there, the maul towards the end of the game five metres out, we spilled that so there’s one.

"There was one where Jonny (May) chucks it in quickly to Ashy (Chris Ashton) five metres out - we probably want to take the lineout there."

England will have a week off before their Six Nations campaign resumes on February 23 against Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

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