The outspoken Australian, likened to Brian Clough earlier in the week by Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards, lived up to his billing by promising an upturn in performance from last week’s narrow win over France and a 16th straight win for England.
“We will definitely play better; we will play well enough to win,” said the England coach.
“It’s important for us as a team that we play with commitment, with ferocity and with desire because we have got so many supporters out there and we want to show them that every game.
“This is one of those games where, if you’re an Englishman, you’re going to get excited.
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“It’s exciting because it’s one of those traditional games and means so much to their supporters and to our supporters. It means so much to our team, it means so much to their team.”
Tickets were selling on exchange websites for £290 yesterday for the eagerly-awaited sold-out clash.
“It means a lot to a lot of people. Hopefully we can do the occasion justice,” said Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones. “We’ve all got one thing in common – the pride of a nation. It’s up to us to show that on the pitch.”
England arrived in Wales yesterday with captain Dylan Hartley insisting his team were inspired by the prospect of playing in Cardiff rather than petrified as Jones claimed previous England sides had been.
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“It’s not daunting,” said Hartley. “Personally, I think it’s great. The atmosphere is good, you are playing in one of the rugby capitals of the world, what better challenge? It’s a great place.
“You have that reality check that all this is there for you guys, all these people have come to watch you and the rivalry is so strong. You are playing for a lot of people.”
Wales will leave their final decision on whether George North is fit to start the match until just 60 minutes before kick-off.
North has been struggling to recover from a thigh knock suffered in the 33-7 opening-round victory over Italy and could only be seen stretching in Wales’s final team run at the Principality Stadium yesterday.
Wales insist North has done the required training he needs to start a Test match but are delaying a final call on the Northampton wing.
“We’ll give George as long as possible. He has done everything we’ve asked him to do, but we’ve got contingency plans in place,” said assistant coach Robin McBryde. “It’s obviously a close call because we’re leaving it so late.”
Alex Cuthbert, Wales’s try-scoring hero four years ago when England were crushed 30-3, is on red alert to step in if North is deemed unfit but fly-half Dan Biggar will begin the game after brushing off a blow to the ribs.