Wood - Rivals crave England win
Flanker aware rivals gunning for England scalp
By Elliot Ball. Last Updated: February 28, 2011 7:05pm
Wood: Enjoying his rugby
Tom Wood realises England are now public enemy number one among their RBS Six Nations rivals after the weekend triumph over France.
"Everyone wants to come and spoil England's party so we have to make sure we are right up for every single game"
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Martin Johnson's side took a significant stride in their bid to win their first championship clean sweep since 2003 after Saturday's 17-9 success.
England now require victories over Scotland at Twickenham on Sunday week and Ireland in Dublin on March 19 to win the Grand Slam.
But Wood knows those two nations will be desperate to thwart their title aspirations and accepts they have become the tournament's prized scalp.
"It would be great to win the Grand Slam and our ambitions are right up there, but it comes down to each game," said the Northampton flanker.
"You can't afford to take your foot off the gas against anyone, as every team is capable of upsetting anybody home or away.
"Every time we win, the next game becomes an even bigger challenge because you are that scalp that everyone wants.
"Everyone wants to come and spoil England's party so we have to make sure we are right up for every single game."
Only three caps into his Test career - all three appearances have come in this Six Nations - and Wood is establishing quite a reputation.
The abrasive 24-year-old won rave reviews for his performance against France's star-studded back row and is eager to continue making rapid progress.
"You can't build the opposition up too much. You have to go and impose your game on them and not worry about how good they are. They are only human," he said.
"To mix it with such big names in the French team and come out on the other side pretty well has been a positive experience for me.
"The more games you play like that, the more you become one of those names and then people target you.
"I have loved every minute. Every game I just have to keep building my reputation and that only happens with time."