Six Nations: Chris Robshaw wants to get upper hand over Wales for World Cup
Chris Robshaw is determined to help England gain a psychological World Cup advantage over Wales on Sunday.
Last Updated: 07/03/14 8:14am
England would secure the Triple Crown with a win at Twickenham, which will also be the venue when the two teams meet in the group stages of the World Cup next year.
Robshaw insists the England camp have come a along way since their 30-3 mauling by Warren Gatland's side in last year's title decider, and he has urged his team-mates to issue a statement of intent this weekend.
"We play at Twickenham in the pool stages of the World Cup and of course there's still next year's competition as well," the England captain said.
"If Wales win every game going into the World Cup, it's not going to fill you with confidence, is it?
"You want to make sure you can get one over on them and get the results when it matters."
Wales have come out on top in their last three meetings with England, but Robshaw believes his side have made enough improvements over the last year to atone for last season's disappointment in Cardiff.
"I don't think there's any point in replaying last year's game. What it shows is what not to do," Robshaw said.
"Of course people remember what happened and they probably always will because you remember those types of occasion.
"We probably switched off a little bit, chased the game too early and eventually it played into their hands. By that stage the game was gone and it was a long way back.
"We're now a lot better at dealing with those situations, about how we get back into the game.
"Last year doesn't have too big an influence on Sunday. Of course it was disappointing and they are a side that have beaten us and we haven't beaten them.
"But look at what is up for grabs for us on Sunday - a Triple Crown and that's massive. We haven't won that before, especially on home soil. And the winners potentially go for a decider next week.
"There's too much at stake this year to worry about what happened before.
"We've come a long way since then. As forwards we talk about this all-court game, about mixing it up, playing what's in front of us.
"And the backs have come on massively. You look at the way they are playing at the moment, scoring tries and creating things.
"The nine and 10 are putting us in the right place, bossing the team around. They've been outstanding."
Robshaw will lock horns with British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton for the third time, a player he admires along with Wales flanker Dan Lydiate.
"Sam is an incredible player and he's shown that consistently over the last couple of years. Both he and Dan Lydiate work very well together," Robshaw
"Dan is very good at those kind of chop-axe tackles and it allows the next guy, which is normally Sam, to close in on the ball."