Chris Robshaw admits England squad have been 'back to the drawing board'

Last Updated: 01/12/12 2:22pm

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Chris Robshaw: Knows his side could have been unbeaten heading into clash with the All Blacks

Chris Robshaw: Knows his side could have been unbeaten heading into clash with the All Blacks

Chris Robshaw admits he and the rest of the England team have had to learn some harsh lessons about international rugby during this year's autumn Tests.

Having suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of Australia and South Africa, Stuart Lancaster's squad complete their fixtures on Saturday when they take on New Zealand at Twickenham, live on Sky Sports.

However, things could have been very different for England - they turned down several kickable penalties during the 20-14 reverse to the Wallabies and then were pipped by a solitary point by the Springboks last weekend.

England moving forward

"We have learned some hard lessons, myself in particular, but we have to move forward," Robshaw said. "We've been strong. We've gone back to the drawing board and then tried to move forward.

"We've looked at the South Africa game, what worked well and what didn't work quite so well, and how do we try and get a result against New Zealand, which isn't going to be easy in itself.

"But we feel there are opportunities out there for ourselves, if we stick to our processes and how we've trained during the week. Anything is possible.

"We can't be dwelling on what has happened the last couple of weeks and look at every situation in a new light."

Robshaw knows the All Blacks will provided England with their toughest test yet, particularly with fly-half Dan Carter back in the No 10 shirt after missing his nation's win over Wales in Cardiff last Saturday.

"New Zealand are one of the smartest sides," the Harlequins flanker added. "They probably play the best attacking rugby.

"It will be very different from last week, though of course we have to match their physicality at the break down.

"It's our last game in this series and we want to finish on a high."

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