Tom Wood says England happy to talk about RBS Six Nations Grand Slam hopes
Last Updated: February 25, 2013 2:08pm
Tom Wood: We can talk about Grand Slam
England No 8 Tom Wood says the squad is happy to talk about the possibility of a Six Nations Grand Slam with two games still to go.
Two years ago coach Martin Johnson banned all talk of a clean sweep as England built towards the final match in Dublin - and Ireland blew them away to ruin the party on St Patrick's weekend.
Northampton star Wood - who had a monumental game in the victory over France on Saturday - says that whilst England will not get carried away by the hype, they will embrace talk of a Slam.
"You've got to entertain the fact that (the Grand Slam is) going to be a huge expectation."
"We took the approach a couple of years ago where we just batted back (questions about the Grand Slam) as much as we could and refused to talk on the issue," Wood said.
"You've got to entertain the fact that that's going to be a huge expectation and that it is going to be something the opposition want to take away from you as well.
"That's extra motivation for them. We have to be ready for that extra desire in the opposition that comes with trying to rob the English of a potential party.
"The second we forget what got us here, we are in trouble. We've got very grounded coaches that instil that in us from the start.
"We like to play things down, not get ahead of ourselves and make sure we are always working hard.
"It's important we stick to those values. We are a very tight group, a very humble group I like to think.
"But within the camp we have a lot of faith in each other. I look around the huddle before a game and I think 'I'm glad he's on our side'.
"That goes for every player. I've got a lot of faith in the guys around me and I've got that faith because I see the way they work day in, day out."