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Dan Cole: Win over Wales would not make amends for what happened at World Cup

Published 02/03/2016

Dan Cole says England have got to keep improving
Dan Cole says England have got to keep improving

Dan Cole insists victory over Wales in a likely RBS 6 Nations title decider would fail to heal the wounds of England's World Cup disaster last autumn.

A 28-25 defeat by Warren Gatland's men set the hosts on the road to ruin and their exit from the global showpiece was confirmed seven days later when Australia inflicted a record defeat at Twickenham.

Wales return to the setting for a famous victory on March 12 and while Cole insists England are progressing in the right direction under new head coach Eddie Jones, he knows victory would offer insufficient revenge.

"After what happened at the World Cup, there is no win now that could make amends for what happened then," said Cole on behalf of NatWest Rugby Force.

"That night against Wales wasn't a great evening or memory in the World Cup.

"We don't talk about what's happened before because Eddie isn't interested in that. It's a new regime that's looking forwards not backwards.

"We have new coaches and for us Eddie's reign started the week before Scotland, so it doesn't really go any further back than that.

"We've got to keep improving. We've played fairly well in the tournament so far. We have to keep evolving, moving forward and keep getting better."

England have strung together victories over Scotland, Italy and Ireland and could snatch the title a round early if they win on Saturday week and Scotland topple France.

"We've done fairly reasonably so far. We've won each match and have improved on the previous one," Cole said.

"Our attack took a step forward against Ireland. We've been together for four or five weeks and it's only going to get better.

"Defence is fairly straightforward, but there are so many moving parts to the attack.

"It's one of the harder parts to master. We've left tries on the field, but it's got better game on game.

"Set-piece wise, we played our best game of the Six Nations against Ireland."

:: Current England Rugby Union players George Ford, Elliot Daly and Dan Cole were appearing at Oldfield Old Boys RFC, Bath to help with some club renovations and took part in a training session as a part of the NatWest RugbyForce initiative. Register at www.englandrugby.com/natwestrugbyforce.

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