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Johnson take steel over style

England manager Martin Johnson insisted that steel and not style will be the most valuable quality for any team bidding to win the Rugby World Cup.

Johnson dismissed the notion that England are bereft of exciting talent but ultimately he believes the Webb Ellis Trophy will go to the team that copes best with the pressure - both off the field and on it.

"I don't think there is a certain style - there is a certain resilience that will win the World Cup," said Johnson. "You have to deal with the pressure and expectation."

He added: "The expectation on New Zealand will be huge, the expectation on South Africa as the defending champions, we have expectation from our public.

"World Cups are about pressure, dealing with it off the field, dealing with it on the field when you get into close games.

"Finding a way to win is what World Cups are about. If you talk about style, it is the team that can battle back and find a way to win a close game."

Asked whether New Zealand's recent defeats will affect them heading into the World Cup, he said: "If they let it (affect them).

"They are not used to losing. I am sure they will be very competitive despite a couple of losses.

"When you get to the World Cup it doesn't really matter what happened last game, last month, last year, it is about what happens on the day.

"We come in off a good win but when go into Argentina we have to start again and win that game from the first minute."

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