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Ashton inspired by past glories

Chris Ashton has revealed England have been viewing footage of their stunning victory over New Zealand last autumn to inspire Saturday's assault on the world champions.

The All Blacks were sent crashing to a 38-21 defeat at Twickenham and the rivals are preparing to clash again in the climax to the QBE Internationals.

Ashton scored one of England's three tries that day and the Saracens wing has drawn confidence from recalling one of the great wins in the nation's rugby history.

"We have watched clips of that game this week," he said.

"New Zealand beat so many teams that it's not a bad thing to reflect on that win in videos, look to see how we did it last year and how we can do it again.

"Watching the clips brought back memories of the day. It was one of the best days I have had in an England shirt."

Ashton crossed the whitewash in Saturday's victory over Argentina, but the tries have dried up for dual-code international.

He would have been dropped but for injuries to Christian Wade and Marland Yarde, but he is ready to seize his chance against the All Blacks.

"I'm ready to score when everyone else is ready to put me in the opportunity," he said.

"I'm definitely concentrating more on the little things that I need to concentrate on 100 per cent but part of that is why I have been feeling good at Saracens.

"It has helped me get into the game there and I just have to carry that on here. I am ready any time.

"I shouldn't be here and playing rugby if I didn't believe I could perform at this level. It is part of what I bring to playing rugby and part of how I play rugby my whole life.

"It is something I firmly believe. There are some days where you think, today I probably wasn't on form, but you have to go out before every game believing that."


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