Weight of the world is on their shoulders but hosts will deliver
When I scored that length-of-the field try against Australia five years ago, England had also been under a lot of pressure after a disappointing defeat by New Zealand at Twickenham.
The week before we felt we let ourselves down. We had been guilty of being starstruck as a group of relatively young players. Against Australia we just decided to be fearless and give it a go.
The key that day was getting off to a good start and our confidence grew. Then we were ready to try anything and it was that mindset that culminated in the try, with Ben Youngs opting to run the ball from his own line and me ending up finishing it.
It is still one of my favourite moments in an England shirt. There is no better feeling than finding yourself in open space at Twickenham and knowing that the defenders are in trouble.
It is going to be difficult for England to be so daring tonight. The stakes are much higher, but the boys should still try to back themselves if they think it is on.
The pressure is almost too much. I know it is part of their jobs and they should be able to handle it, but the lads just want to play rugby and do well for their family and friends and by doing that you make your country proud.
Sometimes it is so hard to look past the cauldron of the World Cup, and defeat is so disappointing in so many people’s eyes that you are so upset about it and want to put it right.
That can take away your free spirit and your will to want to play. Tonight there is only the need and desperation to win. I feel for the lads right now, I am sure they feel a huge weight on their shoulders, but ultimately it is just another game of rugby and they just need to find any way they can to win it. I know that they can set Twickenham alight again.
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