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Grewcock calls for improvement

By Paul Higham.   Last Updated: 09/03/06 8:37am

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England's Danny Grewcock admits that they must raise their game when Andy Robinson's side travel to Paris to take on France in the Six Nations.

Bath second rower Grewcock could have been sitting out the Stade de France showdown had he been given more than just a warning for has alleged stamp on Llanelli Scarlets fly-half Mike Hercus last weekend.

Grewcock will win his 63rd cap against the French on Sunday and will be the most experienced member of England's pack as they look to bounce back from defeat in Scotland.

"We have to raise our game against France, and hopefully that will bring out the best in us," said Grewcock.

"Luckily so far, every team has lost a game, so it is a very open competition. The simple fact is that we need to win our next game to keep ourselves in the running.

"Everyone was disappointed after losing to Scotland, but the next game is just as important, and we have got to make sure we do a good job."

England skipper Martin Corry has already said that his men need to rediscover their cutting edge and start scoring more tries against the French.

Corry's position as both captain and number eight has come under the spotlight recently with Lawrence Dallaglio's return, but coach Robinson is still standing by his man.

Dallaglio has replaced Corry a couple of times already in this year's Six Nations, but Corry insists he is happy with the situation.

"There is nothing wrong with healthy and lively debate, and that is what this is," claimed Corry.

"I have said countless times that I am extremely happy with what is happening within the England camp - I have got a huge amount of confidence in what is going on.

"Competition is what keeps people on their toes and keeps people working hard, and that is exactly what we should have in the England set-up."

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