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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 January 2006, 18:28 GMT
Robinson defends team selection
Andy Robinson directs operations during England training
Robinson says England will look to get quick ball on Saturday
England coach Andy Robinson has dismissed suggestions he has played it safe in his selection to face Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday.

"It's all about this weekend," said Robinson. "I've picked a team, a 22, that I think can beat Wales.

"Last season we lost 11-9 in the last five minutes against Wales, but the team that won went on to generate momentum and win a Grand Slam.

"We need to create the space where we can use our power."

Robinson has stuck with the much-criticised centre partnership of Mike Tindall and Jamie Noon to face the Welsh.

Their selection is viewed by many pundits as a conservative move but Robinson refuted suggestions the world champions would employ a conservative game plan.

I'm happy to be back but no player just wants to be on the bench
Ex-captain Lawrence Dallaglio

"Against New Zealand (in November) we kicked a penalty to touch in the first minute and went for a driving line-out. Is that conservative?" he said.

"It was our execution that let us down.

"Sometimes we've tried to attack with slow ball (in the past). We've had four or five attackers against eight or nine defenders and that's difficult for any set of backs."

Robinson also backed his decision to keep Wasps flanker Joe Worsley in the side ahead of former captain Lawrence Dallaglio on the bench.

"The strengths of Joe are knocking people down with his tackling but we also want to get him running in wide spaces and carrying the ball," Robinson added.

"Joe has got a picture of how we are going to get the best out of him and I have no doubt about our ability to do that. Having Lawrence on the bench just shows the outstanding quality in the team."

For his part Dallaglio, who is returning to the England fold after retiring in 2004, said he was relishing his reappearance on the international scene.

"I'm happy to be back, but no player just wants to be on the bench," Dallaglio told Radio Five Live. "I've got this opportunity and I'm not going to waste it.

"Clearly, I'll get an opportunity at some stage, hopefully against Wales, and it's up to me to take that chance.

"I'm not used to making an impact off the bench because quite frankly I've never settled for being on the bench."

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