Robshaw wants confident England

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Published: Wednesday 18th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Chris Robshaw will order England to swagger into Twickenham on Saturday as they empty the tanks for a final time this season in search of the first piece of major silverware under his captaincy.

Stuart Lancaster’s men are locked in a three-way tussle for the 2015 RBS 6 Nations title alongside Ireland and Wales with points difference set to determine the winners upon completion of the three staggered kick-offs.

France block their path to being acclaimed the northern hemisphere’s dominant force as they target an end to the trio of successive runners-up finishes that have marked Stuart Lancaster’s reign as head coach.

Bookmakers have installed England as favourites to be crowned champions – they top the table with a points difference of plus four – and Robshaw insists self-belief must fuel their march to a fifth consecutive victory at Twickenham knowing the home World Cup is fast approaching.

“It’s about being confident, having that swagger in our step and saying ‘yes, we are back at home and we want to put in a great performance’,” the Harlequins openside said.

“All the guys are extremely excited and desperate to get that bit of silverware at the end, that significant trophy that we haven’t managed to get.

“We’ve picked up little bits here and there, but of course we want to get the big prize at the end.

“Having gone so close in recent years has been tough for myself and the other guys involved. As a player you want to be picking up silverware.

“Unfortunately that’s eluded us a couple of times. We’ve collected the odd bit here and there, but to finally pick up the main trophy would be great.

“In terms of going into a World Cup, I think the most important thing is that we win, being at home.

“Over the last four games we’ve had some good wins at Twickenham, so it’s about building on that momentum.”

England have been squeezed out on points difference for the last two years, although in contrasting fashion.

In 2014 they went down fighting, putting Italy to the sword in Rome only to see Ireland edge them for the title after toppling France in the climax to the tournament.

The previous year they arrived in Cardiff needing just one win to complete the Grand Slam, but were instead on the receiving end of a 30-3 rout. The experience of that day has influenced preparations for this week.

“In 2013 we were a lot of young guys going into that week, not really knowing what to expect. We were a little bit naïve and played the game too early in our minds,” Robshaw said.

“This time we need to make sure that we play the game on Saturday at 5pm and making sure we get that right is a big thing for us.

“We’ve come a long way since that day in Cardiff. If you look at the way we’re playing – going to tough places, scoring tries – we’re creating a lot of opportunities.

“Sooner or later the gates are going to open and we’ll be finishing a lot of them.”

Published: Wednesday 18th March 2015 by The News Editor

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