QBE Autumn Internationals: Tom Wood backing England to succeed once again
Last Updated: 14/11/13 4:05pm
Tom Wood: Insists England are not lacking any self-belief ahead of Saturday's clash with the All Blacks
Tom Wood knows England will need to be at their best to beat New Zealand at Twickenham for the second year in a row.
The All Blacks are the visitors this weekend and Steve Hansen's men will not have forgotten about their 38-12 loss in London in 2012.
Flanker Wood was man-of-the-match in that game and New Zealand are once again the favourites after being unbeaten all year; their last defeat was to England in December.
"They've got a wealth of experience there. They've got some incredible players. We are going to have to be at our very best to compete with them," Wood told Sky Sports.
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"We've got nothing but respect for those guys. Some big names out there, but at the end of the day it's just 15 guys on a rugby field.
"It's about how we collectively put pressure on them, force them into bad decision making and hopefully some errors, which will put us on the front foot."
England have toppled Australia and Argentina in their QBE autumn internationals so far and Wood says morale is high in Stuart Lancaster's squad.
"We've got a huge amount of self-belief," he continued. "You've got to be careful that you don't get complacent at any stage, but we're working very hard.
"We've got nothing but respect for those guys. Some big names out there, but at the end of the day it's just 15 guys on a rugby field."
Wood on All Blacks
"We're working very hard on the basics. Our self-belief comes from the way we train day in, day out. The expectations we have of each other and the analysis we do.
"It's not a superficial or fickle confidence. It's a confidence based on what we do here day in and day out and obviously the results are starting to endorse that now."
When questioned on where England's desire to succeed comes from, Wood replied: "I guess the desire to get to the top of our game.
"It's always easy when you've been written off in the press when you've taken a bit of stick to come out with that underdog mentality and come out swinging with your backs against the wall. We need to find something a bit more sustainable then that and I think we're getting there.
"We've got a strong culture developing here. We've got a real desire to fight for each other. We really want to make it to the top of this game.
"To do that you've got to beat the best and the All Blacks are certainly wearing that hat at the moment."