Nick Easter says England need to be at their very best

March 18th, 2011 by Liam Emerson

England’s stand-in captain Nick Easter says his side will have to be at their very best to beat Ireland and win the Grand Slam in Dublin on Saturday. “To win in Dublin, with the occasion and what is at stake, you have to bring your best game. The Irish haven’t delivered their best game in the Six Nations so far and I am sure that will come”.

Easter stands in as captain for the injured Mike Tindall, who himself stood in for the injured squad captain Lewis Moody.

Ireland will want to keep up their good record against the English in Dublin at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. England haven’t won in Dublin since 2003 – the last time they also won a Grand Slam.

“When the fixtures came out most people thought this would be the hardest game and I don’t think we’ll be disappointed,” Easter commented. “We realise after last week’s not-so-hot performance that it was a good kick up the backside in order to make sure we do produce the goods on Saturday. It is going to be a pretty easy game to captain in terms of the build-up because these guys will need no motivation to get up for the game. This is a bigger Test match than most”.

For fly-half Jonny Wilkinson, the encounter has refreshed memories of that Grand Slam match in Dublin seven years ago. “No one in the England camp underestimates how tough it’ll be to win there again. It’s a sensational end to the championship.”

Ireland have won 6 of the last 7 meetings in Dublin and England will in no way underestimate them on their quest for the Grand Slam.

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