Chris Robshaw insists England are happy to embrace their status as favourites for Saturday’s autumn opener against South Africa.
The Springboks launch the Old Mutual Wealth Series at Twickenham knowing they have not lost to England since 2006, but it is Eddie Jones’ men who start as heavy favourites after amassing a nine-Test winning run.
“We are in a very different position now in terms of playing against a team like this when we are favourites,” former captain Robshaw said.
“It’s a great position to be in and it shows the hard work that everyone has put in but it’s now about how do we go from that to making sure that we deliver. That’s the next stage in our progression.
“South Africa are a very good team, and it’s going to be extremely tough, but we need to make sure that the pressure we are putting on ourselves, irrelevant of what’s going on outside … we want to go out there and perform as well as possible.
“We want to hit our straps, we want to go on and kick on from what we did last season and not just rest on our laurels.”
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