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England can bounce back for RWC says Shaw

31 March 2011

  • Simon Shaw on the lessons England need to learn before the world cup
  • You can’t prepare for passion – says veteran lock
England lock Simon Shaw carries possession into contact during the RBS 6 Nations defeat to Ireland in Dublin

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Veteran Simon Shaw insists England can go on to have a successful Rugby World Cup despite their Grand Slam failure against Ireland.

The 37-year-old lock came off the bench during the 24-8 defeat to Ireland at Lansdowne Road – with the loss the third time Shaw has seen a Grand Slam slip away.

But Shaw, who has seen more than most as the Premiership’s record appearance holder, believes England can learn from their RBS 6 Nations heartache heading into the World Cup.

"In order to have beaten Ireland, we really needed to have raised our game to another level from the intensity we produced in Cardiff," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"I still believe, though, that if we get that right in New Zealand, there is no reason why we can't go on to reach the final, as we did in 2007, and go one better this time."

You can’t prepare for passion – Shaw

England lock Simon Shaw in training at a training session at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot

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The London Wasps man believes that Ireland's passion to win was the real difference between the two sides in Dublin – with England having prepared as well as they could have.

"Passion plays a key part and there was clearly a great motivation for Ireland to spoil our party – and they came out and played unbelievably well," he added.

"You can do all the training, all the planning and video analysis but ultimately nothing that you have seen in the past prepares you for what is to come."

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