Six Nations 2015: England title ambitions hinge on Wales win
Captain Chris Robshaw wants to avoid another opening day defeat as the Red Rose look to end their championship title drought
Chris Robshaw believes England need to defeat Wales if they are to win the Six Nations this year.
Every team wants to go and win the tournament – you don’t want to fall at the first hurdle, you want to get off to a winning start and go from there.
The Red Rose missed out on the title on the final day of last year’s championship despite winning four matches in a row, but were left to rue their opening defeat to France in Paris as they lost out to Ireland on points difference.
The Harlequins flanker and England captain is aware of the importance of getting off to a perfect start at the Millennium Stadium cauldron when the two countries meet on Friday 6 February.
“Playing a way from home is always a little bit different, especially being a bit of a cauldron of a stadium that the Millennium is,” Robshaw said.
“Going down to Cardiff is huge for England; it’s one of the terrific stadiums in world rugby so it’s a great place to go and play,” Robshaw said.
“Every team wants to go and win the tournament – you don’t want to fall at the first hurdle, you want to get off to a winning start and go from there.
“All the attention is on that first game.”
Despite coming close in the last three years under Stuart Lancaster, England last won the championship in 2011.
While Lancaster guided England to a 29-18 win over Wales at Twickenham in 2014, their last visit to the Millennium Stadium saw the Red Rose suffer a record 30-3 defeat as Wales retained the title against the odds.
“We’ll look at that game and see what went right, what went wrong and why things didn’t work out as well as they should have,” he added.
“We’ll also look at the game last year and see what we did differently – we need to try and emulate that game a little bit more.
Their preparations have also been hit by a number of injuries to key personnel, among them Joe Launchbury, Ben Morgan and Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farrell ruled out, while Lancaster is waiting on news of a number of injury doubts.
“You’ve got other guys who are going to step in now; they’ve been waiting for their opportunity and are going to grab it with both arms”, Robshaw said.
“We’ve seen a lot of guys in and around the training squad so everyone knows how we want to play and the way we want to play.
“It’s never ideal, but there’s a lot of players out there and we’re very fortunate with that.”