Brad Barritt left the field in a awful state as England ended their Autumn Internationals on a high with a 26-17 victory over the Wallabies. The centre took a number of knocks, but said post match that he is fine and it was all part of playing for his adopted country.
Barritt has played professional rugby at a high level since the age of just 19. Even back then, he very quickly became known for his unbelievable courage no matter who he was up against. His defensive effort was key in England’s win over old foes Australia on Saturday.
The headclash with Quade Cooper, which can be seen in the video recap below, looked particularly bad. Barritt says that his face, despite being a bit of a mess, is doing okay.
“It’s fine. I’ve spoken at length – I’m definitely not getting any prettier. To be able to do that and put your body on the line for England and for the team is a proud moment for me,” he said.
Thanks to that gritty defence, two tries from Ben Morgan and 16 points from the boot of George Ford, Stuart Lancaster’s side got one over the Wallabies, who lost three matches on tour.
England’s record over the last few weeks stands at played four, won two, with losses to New Zealand and South Africa, but wins over Samoa and then this latest victory over Australia.
“To get the win was extremely pleasing, but we know it’s not all smelling of roses and there are things to work on and improvements to be made,” said skipper Chris Robshaw.
“We know that when you get to a World Cup you can’t afford to lose one or two games because then you are packing your bags and watching everyone else on TV.”
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