QBE Internationals: Chris Robshaw says England are pumped for All Blacks clash
Last Updated: 14/11/13 10:17am
England captain Chris Robshaw has challenged his players to repeat last year's win against the All Blacks.
Captain Chris Robshaw says England will be ready for a war when they take on New Zealand on Saturday.
But before that, Robshaw says the squad is forcing itself to stay grounded in the run up to the game, learning a valuable lesson from this year's Six Nations.
The skipper said that in the run-up to their Six Nations decider with Wales in Cardiff the team expended far too much nervous energy on the training pitch, and he is anxious to avoid a repeat for the Kiwi clash.
Stuart Lancaster's men are aiming to become just the second England team to win back-to-back games against the All Blacks. And Robshaw said: "Emotional balance is crucial this week and we've got some good coaches around us who have been in these sort of situations before.
"Graham Rowntree has talked about one of his experiences where all week he was pumped up and ready to go, but by the time it got to the game his legs were heavy.
"We potentially did that during the week before we played Wales last season. We maybe got a bit too pumped up early in the week and got too excited, which took it out of us a bit. We need to control that.
"Of course you need to train hard and be focused and have that intensity when you need it, but you also have to make sure that mentally you try to stay relaxed.
"Everyone will want to be speaking about New Zealand and of course what happened last year means the fans have been talking about this game for a while now.
"But as players we have to keep our cool until we get to Friday, Saturday I've got no doubt that the boys will be revved up come Saturday afternoon.
"I'm sure New Zealand have been waiting 12 months for this opportunity. We were the only team to beat them last year so I've no doubt they'll want to beat us now.
"They'll be wanting to get one over on us and we'll be wanting to do exactly the same to them. Both teams are going into this game to win.
"We've got the number one team in the world coming to, effectively, the home of rugby. They're going to want to play their game and we're going to hopefully nullify that and put ours on the pitch.
"We can't go into this game waiting to get a shot at them or potentially get first blood. We need to make sure that from minute one we are in the fight.
"Last year's win against them didn't just happen. It was a lot of hard work, a lot of backs against the wall stuff, a lot of fighting spirit.
"We need to make sure we emulate that. We don't want to saying after the final whistle 'it's okay, we won one last year' We want to go out here and leave everything on the pitch."
Watch England's clash with New Zealand live on Sky Sports 1 on Saturday with coverage beginning at 1.30pm.