We're going all out to win - Flood
England's day of Grand Slam reckoning has arrived and fly-half Toby Flood declared: "There's not a single guy who believes we can't win."
Martin Johnson's young guns tackle Ireland at the gleaming new Aviva Stadium on Saturday afternoon knowing a victory would seal England's first RBS 6 Nations clean sweep in eight years. Facing them will be an Ireland side angered by their controversial defeat to Wales and determined to celebrate St Patrick's weekend by ruining England's Grand Slam party.
But after four consecutive championship victories, Flood has urged England to take their opportunity, and he said: "We are going all out to win. We are desperate to win and there's not a single guy in the changing room who believes we can't win."
He added: "We haven't won there in a long long time so we're certainly going there as underdogs. We haven't even caused Ireland a huge amount of problems in recent years. It's going to be a huge test for us.
"We understand how difficult a Grand Slam is to win. We're certainly aware it doesn't get bigger than this.
"This is exactly where we want to be and if we shy away from it now, or don't believe in ourselves, then we've capitulated.
"It would be the biggest achievement I've had for myself in terms of Six Nations but also pulling on an England shirt. For England, in terms of where we are, it's hugely important for us."
Harlequins number eight Nick Easter will captain England for the second time in place of Mike Tindall, who was ruled out of the game after suffering an ankle ligament strain.
Matt Banahan, Bath's 6ft 7in Channel islander, takes over from Tindall at outside centre but Johnson has otherwise kept changes to a minimum.
England have used only 17 starting players during the championship with the only changes - Alex Corbisiero for Andrew Sheridan and Banahan for Tindall - enforced by injury.