Brad Barritt's case for the defence ahead of World Cup opener
Brad Barritt has revealed England aim to be the World Cup's meanest side after identifying a watertight defence as their key weapon.
The hosts open their challenge for the Webb Ellis Cup against Fiji at Twickenham on Friday in the first match of a fiendishly difficult Pool A which also includes Wales and Australia.
"We've made a goal for ourselves at this World Cup - to be the best defensive team," said Barritt, England's defensive lynchpin.
"We want to be the most physical team. We want to be a team that has an offence and defence that causes a team to make errors and as a result gets some opportunities off the back of that.
"There will be games when our defence is going to be called into action a bit more, but we are definitely a team that wants to back our defence.
"We are quite comfortable if we have to go 30 or 40 phases in defence but we don't concede or give away cheap points or penalties.
"It is a defence that is prepared for everything but again we want to get results off the back of it. The whole point of defence is to get the ball back."