New Zealand v England: 'This is our last chance', says skipper Chris Robshaw
Last Updated: 19/06/14 1:05am
England captain Chris Robshaw insists his side are aware this is probably the last chance they will ever have to claim an historic win in New Zealand.
Stuart Lancaster’s men prepare to face the All Blacks for a third time in Hamilton on Saturday, having lost the first two Tests in Auckland and Dunedin.
England are not due to tour the country again until at least 2019, when most of the current group will have either moved on or retired from international rugby.
Beating the All Blacks on their own soil is a prize desired as much as any in world rugby and Robshaw believes the threat of never achieving this feat will add extra motivation.
"The guys are fully aware of what's at stake," he 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 so it's now or never.
"We've still got an opportunity to do something special. The mentality we are taking into this game is that we want to leave the country having achieved something.
"You never like to lose, let alone two on the bounce to the same opposition, but 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.”
Only two England sides have ever won in New Zealand, in 1973 and 2003, but Lancaster’s side have twice gone close this time with defeats by 20-15 and 28-27.
And, for this reason, Harlequins openside flanker Robshaw insists they will not change their gameplan.
"Early in the week guys were pretty low initially and rightly so," Robshaw, the Harlequins flanker, 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 but we can still finish on a high.
"The high-tempo stuff is the way we play, it's as simple as that, and it’s horses for courses – 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."