Six Nations 2013: Dallaglio plays down talk of England Grand Slam

Six Nations 2013: Lawrence Dallaglio wants England to focus on winning the competition - and not the Grand Slam

World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio is not concerned with talk of an England Six Nations Grand Slam and simply wants Stuart Lancaster’s men to ensure they do enough to win the competition.

Dallaglio, the only player to feature in every single minute of Sir Clive Woodward’s victorious 2003 World Cup side, has praised the job being done by head coach Lancaster, calling the Red Rose’s 12-6 win in Ireland last time out “amazing”.

Should England beat out-of-form France at Twickenham in their next outing, they will be favourites to complete a Grand Slam with only Italy and Wales to come, but former No.8 Dallaglio is urging them to concentrate purely on doing enough to finish top of the table.

“Everyone gets a bit excited about Grand Slams but to be honest I just care about England winning the championship,” said 40-year-old Dallaglio.

“I just want England to go out and play as well as they can and if by doing that they end up winning every game then great, but I don’t think they should get too fixated with the Grand Slam.

“They are on a journey, they beat New Zealand at Twickenham, they have beaten Scotland and now gone and taken that game away from home and beaten Ireland.

“Every game is a different challenge for these players and I am sure they are learning really quickly.”

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