Six Nations: England's Lee Dickson insists there will be no complacency against Italy

Last Updated: 12/03/14 7:50pm

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Lee Dickson: Eyeing victory in Rome

Lee Dickson: Eyeing victory in Rome

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Lee Dickson insists England will not be resting on their laurels ahead of Saturday's crunch Six Nations clash with Italy in Rome.

The tournament reaches a finale this weekend with the English, Irish and French tied on six points and all in with a chance of claiming the silverware.

But Dickson admits Stuart Lancaster's men, who won a first Triple Crown since 2003 with a 29-18 defeat of Wales last Sunday, cannot afford to worry about who wins the game between France and Ireland.

Of the three teams in title contention, Ireland have a vastly superior points difference and will know what is required of them before the late kick-off in Paris.

Scrum-half Dickson, who has been used off the bench by England during the tournament, insists they must concentrate on beating an Italian side which has run them close on the last two occasions - a 18-11 win at Twickenham last year which followed a 19-15 success in Rome in 2012.

"The preparation's been just to build on last week, we set a standard last week of what we're wanting to do and it's not having any dips in that standard that we have now so it's probably going that extra yard forward again rather than resting on our laurels."
Lee Dickson

He told Sky Sports News Radio: "First and foremost we've got to go over and we've got to respect them as a team, as a nation, and we've got to win.

"All we can worry about is winning and playing well but first and foremost for us is going over and getting a win and hopefully the rest of the results will look after themselves.

"The last two times we've played Italy it's been very tough, they ran us really close both times, away in Italy and then at Twickenham last year.

"The preparation's been just to build on last week, we set a standard last week of what we're wanting to do and it's not having any dips in that standard that we have now so it's probably going that extra yard forward again rather than resting on our laurels.

"We've got to go over there and make sure we work hard, do everything that we executed over at Twickenham, take it over there and make sure we stick together and stay connected."

Dickson said Lancaster's side did not have revenge in their minds last weekend after Wales won 30-3 in the Millennium Stadium last year to thwart England's Grand Slam attempt and seal the Six Nations title for themselves.

"In our minds it was very much focusing on the now and we knew it was going to be a tough game," he said.

"We knew we had to be spot on with what we did and we prepared really well.

"We really wanted to win, it was hard following the year before but we were a different team and we were focused on this weekend and we went forward and won as well which is brilliant."

England have bounced back in fine style following their opening 26-24 defeat against France, running out 20-0 winners over Scotland in the Calcutta Cup clash at Murrayfield, before ending Ireland's bid for a Triple Crown with a 13-10 victory at Twickenham and then beating Wales.

Dickson added: "There is a massive self-belief in the camp. We've got a great culture here, we've got a great squad of players, we've got a great backroom staff as well.

"So the culture and the buzz around the camp has just been phenomenal, all the way through the Six Nations.

"We were very disappointed losing to France how we did, we gave them very early points then it was great character how we came back into it, and then everyone knows what happened at the end.

"You grow from that, you learn from what happened and I think the three games after that we've really shown how we've kicked on and now we've got one more game to make something special and do something special over in Italy."

Get behind-the-scenes news from Lee Dickson and his England team-mates with Inside Line, the weekly show from O2 in partnership with England Rugby, at www.O2InsideLine.com

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