Robshaw learning from his mistakes
England captain Chris Robshaw admitted he has learned some hard lessons about the pressures of international rugby over the last week.
But the 26-year-old hopes the mistakes he made in losses to Australia and South Africa will only serve to make him a better player and captain against New Zealand. Robshaw's decision-making has been under the microscope after he instructed Owen Farrell to kick a penalty goal when England trailed South Africa 16-12 with just two minutes remaining.
"It has been different to previous weeks and it has made me really appreciate the players and coaches and the backroom staff that we have in this squad at the moment," Robshaw said.
"Everyone has been terrific. There have been a lot of lessons for myself to learn and move forward, whether it is decision-making or other things on the pitch. Over the last couple of weeks, myself and the other players have learned a lot about international rugby. We have learned the hard way and unfortunately that happens in sport.
"We have to take those lessons and look forward. We can't be dwelling on what happened the last couple of weeks.
"We can't feel sorry for ourselves because if you fall off your game for 10 minutes they will hurt us. They can damage you in 10 seconds. First and foremost I need to go out and perform. As a captain you will be put under pressure in these situations but the whole squad have been terrific and really supportive."
Owen Farrell will start opposite fellow world player of the year nominee Dan Carter after being confirmed as England's starting fly-half against New Zealand. England will otherwise start with an unchanged team, although Northampton lock Courtney Lawes and the uncapped Gloucester fly-half Freddie Burns come onto the bench.
It is a decade since New Zealand were last beaten at Twickenham and they will arrive at HQ on the back of a 20-match unbeaten run, having set new standards as world champions.
One area in which England have struggled this autumn - the win against Fiji apart - is in attack and their ability to finish off chances. And Mike Catt, the attacking skills coach, insisted England must be clinical against the All Blacks or they will be punished.
"It is vital we don't make those errors in attack," said Catt. "If you watch the Wales against New Zealand game, that is where New Zealand really took advantage. It is making sure we are accurate and clinical in what we do. There will be opportunities out there and we have to make sure we take them."
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