Robshaw wants England to defy odds
Tom Hamilton in Auckland
June 4, 2014
Chris Robshaw faces the press on Tuesday © Getty Images
England captain Chris Robshaw has admitted winning at Eden Park would be the best moment in his Test career and has called on his team to defy the odds on Saturday.
England head into Saturday's first Test as massive underdogs with odds of 8-1 available on them to upset the All Blacks. For the Kiwis, they will go into Saturday's game off the back of a perfect, unbeaten 2013 and the prospect of winning at Eden Park is even harder for England as New Zealand's last defeat on that ground was back in 1994.
But despite England going into the game understrength, Robshaw is adamant England have enough about them to cause the All Blacks some difficulty.
"Well they [the odds] seem to be stacked against anyone who comes to New Zealand, don't they?" Robshaw said. "You look at the last few Test series over the last X amounts of years but in saying that there's a huge opportunity there isn't there?
"There's a huge opportunity for a team to go out there and defy those odds. We're extremely proud of our squad at the moment and the team we have and the progress we've made throughout the Six Nations. This, we feel, is the next test for us, it's come at a good stage for us and we're looking forward to just going out there."
And Robshaw, who starts at openside on Saturday, wants England to put aside the aura and history of Eden Park and treat it like one of the stadiums they played in during the Six Nations.
"It is any other ground," Robshaw said. "We've been to some tough grounds, we went to Ellis Park, Millennium Stadium and they're as tough as coming to Eden Park I think.
"Whenever you get to anyone's national stadium, and we kind of view Eden Park as that, it's always tougher. But I think it drives all the guys to stand together and you know that when you go out on the pitch there's 15 guys, or 23 guys that are going to go out there and make a lot of people happy."
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Tom Hamilton is the Associate Editor of ESPNscrum.
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