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Robshaw - Let's make history

Chris Robshaw has demanded England's players seize the final opportunity to write their names in the nation's history books by toppling New Zealand on Saturday.

Series glory may be beyond reach having lost narrowly to the All Blacks in Auckland and Dunedin, but Stuart Lancaster's tourists have Saturday's third Test to salvage some pride.

Only two previous England teams have triumphed in New Zealand - in 1973 and 2003 - and Robshaw knows this is the last chance most of the current squad will have to join their illustrious ranks.

"The guys are fully aware of what's at stake," the Red Rose captain said.

"A lot of us probably won't get the opportunity to come here again as a touring party.

"It's a long time away until England come here next (2019 at the earliest), so for us to come here and do something it's now or never.

"Only two English teams have ever come here and won so we've still got an opportunity to do something special.

"The mentality we are taking into this game is that we want to leave this country achieving something and we've got a chance to do that on Saturday.

"You never like to lose, let alone two on the bounce to the same opposition.

"We've got nothing to lose. We've very much got that backs-against-the-wall feeling, that desperation that we want to grab the win."

England conceded the series with a 28-27 defeat in Dunedin that was far more empathic than the scoreline suggests with the All Blacks profiting from a devastating third quarter.

Late tries from Mike Brown and Chris Ashton sugarcoated the result, but the 2015 World Cup hosts are convinced they are closed to claiming the most precious of scalps.

"Early in the week guys were pretty low initially and rightly so," Harlequins openside Robshaw said.

"We came down here to achieve something special and that hasn't happened, but we've picked ourselves back up.

"The series may be out of our hands and is a done conclusion, but we can still finish the season on a high and achieve something on this tour."

Robshaw insists England will persist with the high-tempo gameplan that has met with approval in New Zealand, whatever the outcome of the first two Tests.

"This is the way we play, it's as simple as that," he said.

"It's also horses for courses and all that type of stuff - you look at the opposition you're playing and try to find a weakness out there.

"But as a brand of rugby this is what we want to play - ball in hand, in the right areas."


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