England 'full of strong belief'
ENGLAND coach Stuart Lancaster says his Grand Slam-chasing troops are heading into tomorrow's Six Nations finale "with strong self-belief".
England are on the verge of a first championship clean sweep in a decade, although an eight-point defeat at the Millennium Stadium will see Wales lift the trophy for the fourth time since 2005.
"They have a very experienced side, around about 600 caps to our 280-odd. They have played in big games and they closed out those Grand Slams (in 2005, 2008 and 2012)," said Lancaster.
"It will take an outstanding effort, but we have done it before, we have been to away games and won.
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"We have played the best side in the world at home and won.
"We go in with a strong self-belief. We have won four from four and the New Zealand game as well.
"We have to deal with the occasion and play with composure and accuracy."
Lancaster was relieved to be in a position to field his strongest possible team for the game after Joe Launchbury and Geoff Parling passed late fitness tests.
Launchbury injured his elbow in England's 18-11 win against Italy and Parling suffered a stinger in his shoulder — but both locks came through a line-out session to seal their places in the team.
Owen Farrell has also recovered from injury to reclaim the fly-half jersey as one of four changes from the 18-11 win over Italy.
Tom Croft will start at blindside flanker in only his seventh appearance since returning to action after recovering from a broken neck that almost left him paralysed. Croft has replaced James Haskell.