Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Johnson: England must show no fear

Martin Johnson

Martin Johnson insists England should enter their autumn series undaunted by the prospect of facing the Tri Nations teams on successive weekends.

Once again England must contend with a punishing schedule with New Zealand, Australia, Samoa and South Africa visiting Twickenham in November. This season's Tri Nations has offered little comfort with the All Blacks winning all six matches and the Wallabies excelling on occasion.

But Johnson believes England, who defeated Australia in June, will compete if they hit the ground running and said: "I'm not fazed by what I've seen in the Tri Nations."

He continued: What I've told the players is that we have to get back to Test match intensity from the start. When you play these guys they have the ability to score points quickly so we have to be right on our game.

"You have to be able to handle 80 minutes of pressurised Test rugby to beat New Zealand. That is no secret.

"A lot of guys understand after winning in Sydney what it takes to win with an 80-minute performance.

"It would be good for us to have real continuity in what we did from the Six Nations through the summer tour and into November."

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