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Jonathan Joseph believes England can feed off recent setbacks.

England spurred on by disappointments - Jonathan Joseph

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Jonathan Joseph insists the disappointment of recent failures will spur England on in their quest for the RBS 6 Nations title.

Four successive runners-ups finishes in the Championship and the inability to progress into the knockout phase of last autumn's World Cup marks a period of under-achievement from the Red Rose.

Wales visit Twickenham on Saturday in a likely title decider and Joseph believes the memory of those near misses will fuel the assault on Warren Gatland's men.

"I think because previously we've had a lot of disappointment, a lot of setbacks, that's hurt us as a team. We know what it feels like to not quite get there," Joseph said.

"Obviously last Six Nations we didn't quite make it and the World Cup was obviously not great for us.

"So we've had our fair share of disappointment and I think everyone knows in their own mind that we don't want to feel like that again.

"We're fully committed to doing all we can to win this next game. That's what everyone feels, that's how we've approached it. Fingers crossed we're going to get that win.

"I think those bad experiences are good for us. I think we've grown from that. I think it's good to have that inside, that extra little driving factor to spur us on.

"We just didn't quite get it right when the World Cup came around. We know what we need to do. We're preparing well for Wales.

"Hopefully it will go right for us at the weekend and we'll manage to cause them a bit of trouble when we attack them."

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