Jason Robinson admits England will have to find another gear against France after their chariot spluttered back into life against Wales. England's "Billy Whiz" was kept quiet by a brave Welsh performance until a stunning late burst in their 31-21 win. He knows that the World Champions must find something new weapon in their arsenal to beat Grand Slam chasing France in Paris next Saturday.
"We knew we had to improve in every area to beat Wales and we will have to get better again for Saturday," said Robinson. "A lot had been said about the Ireland game and we were honest in admitting that we didn't play well, but we put a lot of our problems right.
"We saw what a fine line there is between winning and losing and the boys were probably a lot more focussed against Wales. Everyone expects us to win these games by thirty odd points but it just doesn't happen like that.
"We knew the threat they posed after their performances in the Rugby World Cup and watching the videos of them, we were well aware that they are really moving in the right direction. They had nothing to lose against us at Twickenham, the played with great spirit and caused us problems, but I think we responded well in the final twenty minutes when it mattered.
"We knew we had to turn things around to get anything from this championship because we really didn't want to slip behind any further so the win sets it all up for the game against France."
Meanwhile, Robinson backed young outside-half Ollie Barkley who weighed in with sixteen points, kicking six from seven, on a near faultless full debut for England: "It was a big ask of him to step in late, given all the pressure that was on after the Ireland game, but he really did a job."
Wales 7s Manager Steff Thomas believes Luke Treharne has all the attriubutes to be a top class captain. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie hears his reasons why as the squad prepare for the opening two legs of the new World Series in Dubai and South Africa.
The British & Irish Cup kicks off this weekend with the four Regional Premiership Select XVs flying the flag for Wales. Welsh
Sat 14 Nov: Blues Premiership Select v Nottingham (2.30) & Connacht Eagles v Dragons (2.30)
Sun 15 Nov: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ospreys Premiership Select (1.30) & Scarlets v Bedford Blues (3.00)
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.