England captain Chris Robshaw hopeful of 'much improved' attack against Wales


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England captain Chris Robshaw hopes his side can treat Twickenham to a "much improved" attacking game tomorrow in their RBS 6 Nations showdown with Wales.

England go into the clash having won both their two matches but without setting the tournament alight, defeating Scotland 13-6 at Murrayfield in their opener and then following it up with a similarly narrow 19-15 triumph over Italy in Rome.

Now the new-look England will attempt to make it three wins from three in their first outing at Twickenham, and Robshaw says his side have been working hard on the attacking aspect of their game in the last few weeks.

He said: "Everyone looks quite sharp and I think we've improved in our last performances. We always knew going up to Scotland and away to Rome that it was all about getting the win, first and foremost that was the most important thing.

"We know our performanes weren't perfect but we like to think that in the last week and a half we've really worked on that and hopefully our attacking game will be much improved tomorrow."

England assistant coach Andy Farrell has also seen plenty of positives in the build-up to the game, saying: "The training's been very upbeat, you can definitely tell there's something different in the air as far as training is concerned this week, you can really tell the guys are revving up for a big weekend."

England have recently welcomed back Manu Tuilagi into their squad after the Leicester centre recovered from his hamstring injury.

Farrell said of the 20-year-old: "He's super keen to get back to playing. He's had a bit of a stop-start season as far as injuries are concerned, for any young lad I think that's very frustrating.

"He's had two games to get his match fitness back, he's been working hard in the gym but he needed those two games to get his confidence back because in test match football you need to be fit and confident that you can perform in the arena, and Manu is certainly ready for that step now."