Six Nations 2014: Chris Robshaw wants England to find right balance
Six Nations 2014: England captain Chris Robshaw admits the Red Rose must balance style with substance this spring
Chris Robshaw insists England will play to win during the Six Nations – even if it means sacrificing style for substance.
Head coach Stuart Lancaster appeared to signal that the Red Rose would be looking to increase their creativity after naming a selection of new young backs in his squad.
The crowd want to see free-flowing rugby but it is about playing territory and playing the numbers
Jack Nowell, the 20-year-old from Exeter, Bath flyer Anthony Watson and Gloucester wing Jonny May have all been chosen by Lancaster as he looks to improve on successive second-place finishes.
However Robshaw, who has captained England in the last two championships, admits the result will take priority over the performance.
Robshaw said: “You play to win the game, don’t you? You find out what your strengths are and their weaknesses are, you try to use them as best as you can.
“You don’t want to play to their strengths, especially if they are better than you at it.
“You have to be sensible. The crowd want to see free-flowing rugby but it is about playing territory and playing the numbers.
“If something is on to go then you go, wherever you are. There is more risk to something like that and you have to be sensible about it.”
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