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Vunipola: England can still win
03 Mar 2015 09:09
Billy Vunipola insists England must draw inspiration from Wales' recent revival as they seek to rebuild their own RBS 6 Nations title aspirations.
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A 19-9 defeat to Ireland in Dublin will be causing Stuart Lancaster and his Red Rose coaching lieutenants sleepless nights after the progress made during impressive victories over Wales and Italy stalled in alarming fashion.
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Ireland are two wins away from the Grand Slam and are now favourites to defend their crown, but an off day from the champions would transform the title race into a three-way shoot out.
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Wales were over-run by England in the Six Nations opener but have since stitched together victories against Scotland and France and it is their example that Vunipola believes offers a glimmer of hope.
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"We can definitely still win the title - you see the confidence Wales had after they lost to us," Vunipola said. "Right away they put it into their minds that there's always an opportunity if someone slips up and we have to have that mindset.
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"We must try to win the games and not just go out to scrape wins. I have never won anything, so to win something, especially the Six Nations, would be an honour.
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"We just have to keep that positive mindset and stick with what we are doing.
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"We slipped up against Ireland, that's how things go. They were going well last year when we beat them, so anything can happen."
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