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Tindall happy with Jonno fiery side

Mike Tindall has revealed England's Grand Slam bid has been inspired by the re-emergence of the real Martin Johnson.

Unbeaten England will seal their first RBS 6 Nations clean sweep since Johnson was captain in 2003 if they overcome Scotland at Twickenham next weekend and then Ireland in Dublin.

"The only real comparison between now and 2003 is the togetherness and banter and how we get on, how comfortable everyone is in each other's company," Tindall said. "When he is in the changing room he is showing the boys more of the Martin Johnson that you saw on the field. We wanted to see that fiery side of him."

He added: "Every time we go out just before a game he looks like he wants to go out there with us. Yes he's grown into his role but we've always known about him having that ability to relax and have fun.

"That all comes from having a successful team and we're fortunate at the moment because that's what we've got.

"It brings everybody closer together and everybody enjoys being here, the more successful it gets."

The England camp in the early days of Johnson's regime was described by Ben Foden this week as being "ropey", as players and coaches tried to forge a relationship.

This time last year, there was "conflict" in the England camp over the style of play - but they have now hit upon a formula that works and brings the best out of confident characters like Foden and Chris Ashton.

"It was tough when Jonno came in. You have to give people time to develop and find out what they want to do and how they want to approach things," Tindall said. "It's been a building process with all the coaches, with players starting to trust that and react to it.

"We're finally getting to where the coaches are comfortable listening to what the payers say and taking it on board and vice versa. It's working well and hopefully it will continue for a long time."


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