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Johnson - No letting up

Martin Johnson warned England must build on their record victory over Australia or risk being punished by Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday.

The England manager has made four changes to the team that won so spectacularly last weekend, with Leeds openside flanker Hendre Fourie making his first Test start in place of rested captain Lewis Moody. Matt Banahan returns to the England side after 12 months at outside centre, while David Wilson and James Haskell both start.

"The trick against Samoa is that we take care of our performance and mindset. We have to go out there and get the tempo like like we did last week," said Johnson.

"It is about keeping the foot down. We need to try to be better this week. Samoa are a real, real danger this weekend. This is no different to any other Test in the series. They have our full attention."

Samoa lost 20-10 to Ireland last weekend but gave Declan Kidney's side a tough test, particularly in the scrum and at the breakdown.

"They are a very dangerous side. They could have beaten Ireland last week," said Johnson. "They have a very solid and competent set-piece, they are very comfortable on the ball. Samoa probably edged the breakdown against Ireland.

"They are very confrontational and direct. The players are all very skilful and if we are not right on our game we will be in trouble like any other Test match."

Although Johnson has given Tindall and Moody a rest, he has kept the changes to a minimum to help build familiarity in the key partnerships. Tom Palmer and Courtney Lawes will continue to build their blossoming second row relationship while Ben Foden, Chris Ashton and Mark Cueto continue in the back three.

Leicester pair Ben Youngs and Toby Flood start in the half-backs while Banahan and Shontayne Hape have played together in the centres for Bath.

"We don't want to break it up too much," said Johnson. "The performance (against Australia) didn't come out of the clouds, it was a build-up of what we've been doing for a while."


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