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England need to become 'more savvy', says Toby Flood

England's Rugby World Cup campaign hasn't exactly gone to plan so far: both of their opening two games have been full of silly little errors which have compromised their ability to control the play, and despite beating Georgia 41-10 over the weekend, they will have to buck up their ideas if they want to do some damage in the tournament.

So it's nice to hear the players management admit as much. Fly-half Toby Flood, who is battling with Jonny Wilkinson for the number 10 shirt, says that England need to become more savvy, and take responsibility for errors. It represents a sea-change in the squad's attitude to the press, with whom up to now they've been reticent to criticise poor performances. Let's hope it filters down to the team.

'There was a lot of frustration out on the pitch because we were doing things we'd probably never do in training or in a game of touch (rugby),' said Flood. 'That's probably the hardest thing to deal with.

'As a squad we understood our game plan but we didn't go out and do it. It's one of those personal-ownership things. We all have to put our hands up and say: 'If I had a 24-hour video session and watched myself in the game, would I be happy with what I've done, and what I'd said?' For a lot of us the answer would be 'No'.

'We always want to improve and we always want to get better. But there's a time and a place for saying: 'We'll get better, we'll get better.' The most important thing is to be clear and concise about how we're going to do it. We have to be accountable as individuals. On a training day, are we getting through the reps we need to do? Are we doing things as a team that put us in the right position?'

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