Billy Twelvetrees: Cardiff heat won't impact on our Six Nations game plan
THE Millennium Stadium factor will not distort England's tunnel-vision victory focus, believes Billy Twelvetrees.
The Gloucester centre will take a seat on the bench for today's Six Nations title decider in Cardiff (kick-off 5pm).
Win and England claim their first Grand Slam in ten years – but lose by eight points or more and Wales are tournament champions.
Stuart Lancaster's England side are now renowned for their fearsome defensive zeal, but they will need all of that rearguard prowess and more to stave off a fired-up Welsh side today.
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Unfazed Kingsholm playmaker Twelvetrees believes England will take the hostile crowd, the oppressive Cardiff atmosphere and the home side's intimidation tactics all in their stride though.
The 24-year-old explained: "I can't think of a greater honour, privilege or excitement than taking on Wales for a shot at the Grand Slam in Cardiff this weekend.
"What a fantastic situation for England to be in. No-one will be overawed by the scenario, the occasion or the Cardiff crowd though.
"This is a squad full of players who can handle these kinds of environments without too much trouble.
"Obviously Wales will want to play on their crowd, the intimidation and atmosphere that people talk about. But that won't faze this England team.
"There's a job to do and that's the only thing that matters, that's the only thing we can focus on.
"It would be fantastic to get onto the pitch and help push the team towards a victory.
"The victory is bigger than any individual though, everyone knows that. Everyone in the squad just wants the team to get across the line.
"I'm sure at times it won't be pretty, but it will definitely be uncompromising and exciting and we can't wait."