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There'll be no repeat of 2011 Dublin collapse, warns England star Haskell

England are less likely to buckle under pressure with Stuart Lancaster at the helm, according to forward James Haskell.

Ready for Dublin: England flanker James Haskell.
Ready for Dublin: England flanker James Haskell.

FORWARD JAMES HASKELL insisted there will not be a repeat of England’s unsuccessful Grand Slam attempt in 2011.

England — led by Martin Johnson at the time — won the Six Nations Championship four years ago but missed out on the Grand Slam after losing 24-8 to Ireland in their final game in Dublin.

Stuart Lancaster was appointed following England’s forgettable World Cup campaign a few months later.

England return to Aviva Stadium on Saturday seeking to make it three wins from as many games in the 2015 Six Nations. And Haskell – captain of London Wasps – said England are better equipped under Lancaster.

“It was a very different place in terms of the structure with England and the coaches and where we were,” said Haskell. ”I don’t think you will ever see an occasion where something like that [Grand Slam collapse in Dublin] happens because boys are too experienced.

“The squad has moved on now. Everyone back then still wanted to play for England and play well, so I think they get a harsh rap.

“But with Stuart [Lancaster] coming in, we have a game plan that is very clear and concise and it suits the players that are playing it. That is the difference.”

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