Alex King believes Wales have to have a “no fear” strategy after they face England at Twickenham on Saturday.
Wales final toppled their fierce rivals in a Six Nations sport on English soil 12 years in the past.
And they’ve misplaced on seven successive events at English rugby headquarters since beating England there through the 2015 Rugby World Cup, though 5 of these losses had been by solely six factors or much less.
Wales will head to south west London after coming unstuck in a Cardiff traditional towards Scotland, though 26 unanswered factors from being 27-0 adrift meant they nearly accomplished the largest comeback the Six Nations has seen.
England, in the meantime, had been pushed arduous by Italy in Rome earlier than recording a 27-24 verdict after trailing at half-time and being outscored on tries.
“They (England) have got a decent team – finishing third at the World Cup is testament to that,” Wales assistant coach and former Wasps fly-half King mentioned.
“I think we need to show a no-fear game going down there, and put the pressure back on them.
“We’ve just got to take the game to England. We can’t wait for them to see what they do, especially with 70,000 people shouting for them.
“We have got to present ourselves as we want to play, and not wait to see what England can do before we start responding.
“It is important to show the lads that England are a good team, but they are not unbeatable. That is the reality.
“They have obviously got good players and they are well-coached, but Twickenham is just another stadium. I am looking forward to going back there. I’ve got my Welsh hat firmly on there.
“They won some important games at the World Cup, and they pushed South Africa close. They won some close games at the World Cup – they were able to get over the finish line in certain games.
“Like every team, they have got their weaknesses. It is up to us to exploit them on Saturday.”
Wales boss Warren Gatland, in the meantime, should make a minimum of one change from the Scotland match as flanker James Botham has been launched from the squad on account of a knee damage.
Botham, who’s the grandson of England cricket nice Sir Ian Botham and scored Wales’ opening attempt towards Scotland, will rehabilitate at his membership Cardiff.
Botham’s Cardiff colleague Seb Davies has been added to the squad, whereas skilled Harlequins prop Dillon Lewis additionally positive factors a call-up.
Elsewhere, fly-half Sam Costelow went off earlier than half-time within the Scotland encounter, and King added: “He is being assessed for a neuro issue with his neck.
“The positive thing is it wasn’t a concussion. He is up for selection, but it is a question of whether he gets through his medical protocols.”
Ex-Bristol again Ioan Lloyd, who changed Costelow with spectacular impact towards Scotland, could be favorite to put on the quantity 10 shirt if a change is made.
“Twickenham this weekend is a place where we need to start well. We have been very honest in our review, and are moving forward,” King mentioned.
“The pleasing thing is we came out and responded (against Scotland) and were magnificent. It’s a shame we couldn’t nail the victory with the momentum of the last 10 minutes.
“The attitude of the boys was spot-on. Now we have to use that to go to Twickenham.
“The boys showed huge character, and it was frustrating not to win in the end. But if we are honest, we can’t have a half like that at Twickenham.”