Foden - More to come
Ben Foden believes the recent poor weather has prevented England's new look team from showing its true potential.
Last Updated: 12/02/12 2:48pm
Ben Foden believes that the poor recent weather has prevented England's new look team from showing its true potential.
Stuart Lancaster's young side have recorded two unconvincing wins from their opening two RBS Six Nations games following narrow victories over Scotland and Italy.
But neither have been pretty affairs, relying more on dogged determination than any attacking ability and leaving Foden and his wings Chris Ashton and David Strettle frustrated by their lack of opportunities to cause some damage.
The full-back is hoping however, that conditions will be more favourable for Wales' visit to Twickenham on Saturday February 25.
"The elements have not been perfect so far - wet and windy at Murrayfield and then snowy, wet and bitterly cold here," Foden said.
"It is not ideal for a back three. We want to see the ball moved wide. Ashy is getting pretty frustrated, he wants to be scoring tries.
"We haven't shown too much of our attacking prowess. Wales will know we still have that in our locker.
"Hopefully it will be a nice day and we can play some good rugby."
Nevertheless, if the weather remains poor, Foden is confident in England's ability to grind out results, although he knows they will have to be on their mettle against the World Cup semi-finalists.
"It is a mentality. We are winning. We are not playing great rugby but we are winning," he added.
"That is a good thing for any great team - by no means are we great but we are on the right path, we are a young side showing the maturity to see out tight games.
"All eyes will be on this new-look England team playing at Twickenham against one of the top sides in the world.
"We have to step up another gear now. We know how good the Welsh are."