England v New Zealand: Chris Robshaw eyes World Cup pointer

By Chris JonesBBC Radio 5 live rugby union reporter
Chris Robshaw
Robshaw captained England during a 3-0 series defeat by New Zealand last summer
Autumn international: England v New Zealand
Venue: Twickenham Date: Saturday, 8 November Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
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England captain Chris Robshaw believes Saturday's match against New Zealand will have a bearing on his side's chances at next year's World Cup.

Stuart Lancaster's team have lost four games in a row against the All Blacks, whom they face this weekend for the final time before the 2015 tournament.

"Mentally, you want to make sure you know you can beat them," flanker Robshaw, 28, told BBC 5 live.

"With the big one next year, we need to make sure everything is sorted."

England were beaten 3-0 in New Zealand in the summer, despite a strong showing in the first Test in Auckland, and Robshaw says the team feel they have some wrongs to right.

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"There are a couple of things we want to try and rectify," said Robshaw, who added he and his team-mates felt they had "let ourselves down", particularly in a 36-13 defeat in the final Test.

Two years ago, the Harlequins forward captained his side to a 38-21 victory over the All Blacks at Twickenham.

"We've seen our game-plan can work, and does work, against them at times," he said.

"But unfortunately since we beat them in 2012, we haven't been able to reproduce that for the full 80 minutes."

Robshaw believes England have "come a long way" in the interim, but is under no illusions about how well they will have to play on Saturday to repeat that success.

"It's about everyone doing their job to the best of their ability, in every single moment," he said.

"You cannot switch off, because they are probably the most clinical side in world rugby and they tend to take their chances.

England's Chris Robshaw (left) takes on New Zealand captain Richie McCaw
Robshaw faces World Cup-winning All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw

"But there are opportunities out there for us. You have to take your chances, defend well, and make sure you are accurate with the ball."

Both teams' captains wear the number seven shirt, with New Zealand led by the iconic Richie McCaw, who is set to win his 135th international cap.

"He's an incredible player, a guy I grew up watching," said Robshaw of his counterpart. "He is one of the greats and has won everything there is to win."

More than 80,000 fans are expected at Twickenham, and England's skipper is expecting a special occasion.

"It's going to be incredible," he said. "As soon as you get off the bus, that's when it hits you as a player. It's what it's about and where you want to be.

"We need to make Twickenham a fortress, and it's time for us to do that at the weekend."

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