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Wood eyeing Slam

TOM WOOD says England must embrace the fact they are now just two steps away from winning a first Grand Slam in a decade, following their 23-13 victory over France.

Two years ago, Martin Johnson banned talk of a clean sweep as England prepared to face Ireland.

But the decision backfired, as England were blown away in Dublin.

Wood stressed England must learn from those mistakes heading into games against Italy and Wales.

"We have to be ready for that extra desire in the opposition that comes with trying to rob the English of a potential party," said Wood.

"We like to play things down, not get ahead of ourselves and make sure we are always working hard."

That character carried England to victory over France, who were the better team for most of the first hour.

But England hung in there and Manu Tuilagi's try after 54 minutes put the home side in control.


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