Jonny Wilkinson, the Rugby World Cup winning hero of the England Rugby Team has said that his country must win the Six Nations Championship before they can even think about going all the way in the World Cup.
The former Toulon and Newcastle Falcons man said that before England can dream about ruling the world, they must start closer to home and conquer Europe, adding that the first step towards that is a win in the Six Nations Championship.
England finished as the runners-up in each of the last three editions of Europe’s biggest international rugby competition and Stuart Lancaster, who took over the reins of the England side after their disastrous Rugby World Cup campaign in 2011 New Zealand has so far, failed to deliver any major title.
The England Rugby Team did secure the Triple Crown last year but a narrow defeat to France dashed any hopes they had of securing the overall title as Ireland went home with the trophy.
And Wilkinson believes it is now time for the team t deliver.
A former Six Nations Championship winner himself, Wilkinson said that the most important thing that a team wants in a Rugby World Cup year is momentum – they want to win the big games and get into a rhythm.
He added that getting a few important wins under the belt increases the confidence of the whole team and that is something that can be seen by the opposition as well. According to Wilkinson, this can be a major asset, especially when going into a major tournament.
Wilkinson said that the England Rugby Team will be desperate to secure the Six Nations Championship, having finished second three years in a row and then go for the jugular with the Rugby World Cup on home soil in the summer.