Robshaw better prepared for Wales

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Published: Tuesday 3rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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Chris Robshaw has warned Wales that England’s growing experience ensures they will return to Cardiff for Friday’s RBS 6 Nations opener a wiser team.

Robshaw was captain at the Millennium Stadium in 2012 when they sought to complete the Grand Slam, only to succumb to a record 30-3 rout that will continue to haunt the Red Rose until they prevail in the Welsh capital.

It was a young and developing England side that was put to the sword that day – head coach Stuart Lancaster was in his second year in charge – and the openside is convinced they are now too seasoned to crumble in similar fashion this weekend.

“We’re further down the road and have come a long way since that day. We have more experience now,” said Robshaw.

“Unfortunately in life you learn from your experiences – the good, the bad and the ugly. That was an ugly afternoon for us and to have the biggest loss to Wales on your CV is not nice.

“But it’s about how you bounce back from those days. We didn’t dip after that game. Of course it was a bad time for us, but we didn’t dip. We continued to evolve and in the next campaign we built again.

“As a squad, every time we meet up, we seem to be better than we were before. Guys understand the structures better, the lineout moves, the plays, the patterns.

“Even when faced by adversity and different types of pressure, because we’ve been through that, we’ve got that experience and understanding of each other.

“We know the intensity that’s going to come our way – the passion and hostility of England going down to Cardiff and playing Wales.

“There’s always going to be a lot of excitement and anticipation, especially after what happened two years ago going down there. Unfortunately we fell at that hurdle quite badly.”

Robshaw insists that England, who name their team on Wednesday morning, are determined to impose themselves at the Millennium Stadium two years after being caught in the headlights.

“We’re confident in what we’re going to bring to the party and the way we’re going to play our game,” he said.

“Of course it’s a two-sided game and you’ve got to know out there you are going to be under the pump and that momentum will go against you at times.

“But also, when it’s your turn to make it count, you need to because a lot of factors can go against you.”

Published: Tuesday 3rd February 2015 by The News Editor

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