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Six Nations: Stuart Lancaster says team focused on Italy v England

Last Updated: 10/03/14 10:04pm

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Stuart Lancaster looks ahead to the final game of the Six Nations this weekend in Italy.

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Stuart Lancaster says England will be purely focusing on beating Italy in Rome as they look to cap a positive Six Nations campaign by claiming the championship.

Ireland currently top the table on points difference from England and France - with the Irish set for the late kick-off in Paris on what is set to be an exciting final day of the tournament on Saturday.

England kick-off first knowing a healthy win in Rome would place huge pressure on Ireland as they prepare for face a tough trip to the Stade de France.

It's the third year running England have gone into the final day of the Six nations with a chance of winning, but Lancaster insists his troops will only be focusing on their own game.

England were unlucky to lose in Paris on the opening weekend of the championship, and although that result could cost them Lancaster is still happy with the overall campaign.

"We can't control anything that happens to them (Ireland) all we can do is control what we can control and first and foremost we've got to get a win in Italy," said Lancaster.

"We won there two years ago and just got a win, we won at Twickenham last year but there's a big challenge coming our way and we've got to focus on that and not get too carried away with ourselves.

"We've got to get our preparation and performance this weekend first, but looking back on the tournament so far we've played some good rugby, obviously that France game was disappointing to lose that one

"But overall we're delighted with the progress we're making, we've got a big tour coming in the summer to New Zealand so there's plenty to play for.

"It'll be a great tour, obviously we've got some lads who won't be available for the first game due to the Premiership final so there's opportunities for some other lads to come their way."

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