Geraghty eyes England win
Northampton fly-half relishing All Blacks challenge
By Rachel Griffiths. Last Updated: 17/11/09 10:54am
Geraghty: Relishing challenge
Shane Geraghty insists England have "nothing to lose" against New Zealand and is convinced he and his team-mates can change their fortunes when they meet the All Blacks at Twickenham.
"It's a big ask, facing the haka in the last Test of the series but we have had two games now and improved on our performance against Australia - and now we have nothing to lose against the All Blacks"
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England enter Saturday's game on the back of an unconvincing 16-9 win over Argentina and it seems there are problems in the camp, with a number of Guinness Premiership stars failing to rediscover their finest form under Martin Johnson's management.
But Northampton fly-half Geraghty has played down England's poor form and the impending threat of the All Blacks, and is confident the team can turn things around in time for the Twickenham showdown.
"I don't see why we can't win," said Geraghty.
"We are not scared of the All Blacks. I'm really looking forward to it. I've dreamed about playing against the All Blacks since I was a kid.
"It's a big ask, facing the haka in the last Test of the series but we have had two games now and improved on our performance against Australia - and now we have nothing to lose against the All Blacks.
"Against Argentina we eradicated some of the errors we made against Australia. In the second half I think we looked quite dangerous and we are still getting used to how each of the backs play.
"We will be looking to build on that performance against an All Blacks team that are at the end of a long season."
England have so far talked a good game ahead of matches but failed to deliver at the crunch and coach Johnson admits he is "fed up" of demanding more from his side.
New Zealand ripped England to shreds 32-6 in the corresponding fixture 12 months ago to claim their heaviest victory at Twickenham, and Johnson knows his side must improve if they are to avoid a repeat performance.
Former captain Will Carling believes the problems lie in England's coaching team and has called for Johnson to make changes to his backroom staff, claiming the players have no faith or understanding in what is required of them.
"My concern is there isn't a game plan the players understand or believe in - it is one or the other. There needs to be more variety in England's attacking play," said Carling.
"Throwing the ball to one guy and asking him to run hard doesn't work at international level and that is about England's limit at the moment.
"I think Martin is the right guy and should stay but at the moment I am not convinced Martin Johnson has the best coaching team that is available to England."