Ford focused on England response

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Published: Thursday 12th March 2015 by The News Editor

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George Ford insists England will not be haunted by the fear of failure as they target an emphatic response to their chastening RBS 6 Nations title setback in Ireland.

Twickenham plays host to England’s final two matches of the Championship and the fallout from defeat by Scotland on Saturday, or by France seven days later, would have ramifications for the home World Cup six months later.

It is imperative England extend their winning run in the capital to five matches knowing that all but one of their fixtures at the sport’s global showpiece will be staged in south-west London.

Having digested the lessons arising from a one-sided loss at the Aviva Stadium, Ford insists they are intent on producing an immediate reaction.

“Losing has not come into our minds whatsoever. As a team we never think about losing and we’re always very positive at Twickenham,” Ford said.

“Coming off the back of a loss, we know that we need a big performance and a big result. We’ve trained that way and are all very much looking forward to it.

“We’re going into the game looking for a really good performance. That will always be our aim and our goal.

“First and foremost we need the win. Whatever way we get that, it’s vital we get it.

“But obviously we want to go out there and put in a good performance and have a good reaction.

“We did a lot of good things against Ireland in the last 20 minutes, but it’s about doing it for the full 80 minutes and also going out there and enjoying ourselves.

“It’s not all bad. We lost in Dublin and we didn’t play to our best, but still we have a very positive mindset going into these last two games.

“We did a lot of good things in the opening three games and still have a chance of winning the Championship.”

Ireland kicked a remarkable 44 times during their aerial assault on England with their wings acting as little more than chasers, but Ford adopts a hard nosed approach to the debate between efficiency and aesthetics.

“Kicking was obviously their plan. If they come in with a plan and execute it as well as they did and come out with a 10-point win, then you would too,” Ford said.

“You don’t always have to play the same way against different teams. You come up with different plans.

“You go into a game with a plan and if it comes off at the weekend, you feel like you’ve done your job.

“People always like to score tries, they are more exciting, but in international rugby they are difficult to get.

“It’s about small margins, little things like your kicking being on the money, your set-piece and breakdown being strong. The fancy things come off the foundations being in place.”

Published: Thursday 12th March 2015 by The News Editor

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