QBE Internationals: Chris Robshaw says England should take pride in playing at Twickenham
Last Updated: 31/10/13 9:47am
Chris Robshaw has urged England to transform Twickenham into a fortress during next month's QBE Internationals.
England face Australia on Saturday in the penultimate meeting between the teams before they collide at the same venue in the group stage of the 2015 World Cup.
Having lost to the Wallabies on home soil last year, Robshaw knows the importance of gaining an early psychological edge and establishing Twickenham as an arena to be feared.
"Two years out from a World Cup, everyone who comes to Twickenham will be looking to get an edge over us, especially Australia and Wales who are in our group," the England captain said.
"We need to have a sense of personal pride because it's our home stadium.
"If you look at the build-up to the 2003 World Cup, England had been unbeaten at home since 1999.
"It's about making it a really tough place for people to come and play.
"That doesn't just happen; it takes a lot of hard work. Hopefully it'll start building now."
With the World Cup less than two years away, Robshaw says England must start building momentum and is demanding a triumphant autumn.
"You never want to be a team that goes out fighting only when it has nothing to lose. It's always easier because there's no pressure on you," he said
"As a nation, as a team, we put pressure on ourselves to deliver for the nation that we know will be behind us and watching. We want to go out there and start this series well.
"It's an important series for us - we really want to kick on and show what we are about now.
"We've had 18 months to two years where we've had some good experiences and some tough ones.
"We've done a lot of learning in that time, but it's time for us now to go up another gear."
Watch England take on Australia this Saturday. Coverage starts on Sky 3D and Sky Sports 2 from 1.30pm.