English captain Martin Corry believes the dark days following England’s 2003 World Cup win may finally be over.
Speaking to the British media after his side clouted Wales 47-13 in their Six Nations opener at Twickenham, Corry emphasised that winning at Fortress Twickenham was important but away form must now improve.
“We have shown an improvement and a very strong spirit at Twickenham but we have got to take what we have done here on the road,” said the skipper.
“We’ve got to put pressure on ourselves. The real test of a side is if they can turn in a performance away from home.
“We are not trying to kid ourselves that we are better than we are but we have shown an improvement and a more complete game than we did in the autumn.”
“We know we are ranked fifth in the world but we feel we are building up a head of steam and that is very important for us as a squad.”
Despite the convincing nature of England’s performance, Corry believes the competition is wide open.
“This is the most competitive Six Nations for years – look at what Italy did to Ireland. I think Ireland are going to be a force and Italy gave them a real game.
“We are not going into that game thinking we have won it already – we know how tough Italy are going to be.”