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Six Nations: England captain Chris Robshaw calls for backlash in Scotland

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Chris Robshaw looks dejected after defeat in France

Chris Robshaw looks dejected after defeat in France

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England captain Chris Robshaw is determined to shrug off last weekend's agonising 26-24 defeat in France and return with a victory over Scotland at Murrayfield.

Stuart Lancaster's side were undone at the death in Paris when Gael Fickou's dramatic try ignited the home fans - and Robshaw admits the manner of defeat was a bitter pill to swallow.

"We need to focus on ourselves, re-address things and get straight back into it."
Chris Robshaw

The Harlequins flanker said: "It is very frustrating and disappointing to finish like that after coming so close and playing so well.

"It's now a test for the character of the guys and their reaction. Of course we came to the tournament to try and win every match, unfortunately we can't do that now but we know what our potential is.

"We need to focus on ourselves, re-address things and get straight back into it. First and foremost it's about getting the win and anything else is a bonus on top of that."

England began disastrously in their opener - falling 16-3 behind in the first half before a rousing comeback took them to within touching distance of a memorable victory. Although they ultimately fell short, Robshaw was quick to highlight the fight his team showed in defeat.

The 27-year-old added: "You look at the character of all the guys and how we've got back into it and how we've had to work so hard to get back in. We now have to nullify what's gone wrong and start strong and hopefully be the guys imposing themselves.

"They are in a good place this squad. The character of a lot of the guys is outstanding. They always want to push each other and get better every time we go into training.

"Whether it's just little things at the gym, always doing a bit extra to get better and they will drag other people with them to get them involved and improve their set of skills. That's exactly what we need that reaction.

"We are straight back on the horse. Of course we are all very disappointed, very frustrating not to get the result but it's about seeing that reaction."

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