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England: Steve Borthwick wants improvement

Steve Borthwick believes England's Six Nations win can be a platform for further success.

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England forwards coach Steve Borthwick has called on the team to build on their Six Nations Grand Slam triumph when they take on Wales at Twickenham on Sunday.

Eddie Jones guided England to a first clean sweep since 2003 in his opening assignment after taking over from Stuart Lancaster following the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

This weekend's clash with Wales serves as preparation for England's forthcoming tour to Australia, and Borthwick believes motivation will not be in short supply.

"We are playing against a tremendous team who we have great rivalry against," Borthwick told the Rugby Football Union's official website.

"We are excited to have the squad back together and a big game to look forward to.

"We were pleased to win the Six Nations and the Grand Slam but I think it highlighted we've got a lot of areas to work on.

"So from a coaching point of view we are eager to be with the squad and help that development and see how far this team can go."

Saracens and Exeter Chiefs players will be absent as they contest the Premiership final on Saturday.

"Whenever there are players missing through unavailability such as the Premiership final or through injury then it is an opportunity for us to work with other players," he said.

"It is an opportunity for us to build an even stronger squad and have even more competition for places. That adds to the excitement of this week."

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