England vow to attack in Dublin
February 4, 2013
England captain hoists the Calcutta Cup following his side's victory over Scotland on Saturday © Getty Images
England captain Chris Robshaw insists his side will stick to their attacking game plan when they tackle Ireland in a mouth-watering Six Nations showdown in Dublin next weekend.
Robshaw's side made an impressive start to their championship campaign with a four-try 38-18 victory over Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday with their ambition drawing rave reviews. Ireland also showed plenty of intent in their 30-22 triumph over Wales in Cardiff and following Italy's upset victory over favourites France, the Aviva Stadium clash on Sunday is already being billed as a potential title decider.
England have not won a Six Nations game in the Irish capital since 2003 but Robshaw is confident a rare win is within their grasp. "We all feel we have more to give and we will need to be hard on ourselves this week in training again to make sure we are better for it against Ireland on Sunday," he wrote in his column for The Daily Telegraph.
"We are starting to play an attacking game and were potentially a little bit loose at times on Saturday. The endeavour, energy and attitude was there but we will need to tighten up a few things ahead of our trip to Dublin.
"In particular, every now and again we tried to force the offload - I forced a pass myself which I just should have taken into contact. Weather permitting, we still want to take that attacking mindset to Dublin though. The coaches have given us structures to play in but they have also given us that belief to go there and play rugby and they are backing us to do so."
It will be Robshaw's first visit to the Aviva Stadium but is well aware of England's recent record with the hosts most recently denying their rivals a Grand Slam in 2011. "It has not been an easy game for England in recent years. It was very tight last season until we got a bit of dominance in the scrum, and that is an area that will be important for us again. We need to back up that display in Dublin," said Robshaw.
"England went to Dublin two years ago hoping to win the Grand Slam but ended up losing heavily. This is a very different side but I think it is important this week that the leadership group reflect on that and discuss why it has not worked in the past.
"This group has already got experience in the tank from playing tough games on the road, particularly during last summer's tour of South Africa, and we know that we are going to have to front up mentally as well as physically."
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