England second row Maro Itoje insists that his side have got their “eyes on the prize” after maintaining their winning start in the ongoing Six Nations tournament.
Steve Borthwick's men started the tournament with a close 27-24 win over Italy and followed it with a 16-14 victory over Wales in the second round.
The game at Twickenham Stadium saw England starring down the battle with a 5-14 deficit but a second half try from Fraser Dingwall followed by two penalties from George Ford ensured they came from behind to complete a thrilling win to become the second team after Ireland to have won both their matches in the competition.
“It means we’re in the game, it means we’re in the tournament,” Itoje said.
“It means we’re putting ourselves in a positive position, which perhaps we may not have done in previous campaigns. It means that we have our eyes on the prize. It’s a different position for us and we’ve got a little bit of momentum.
“If you look at our performances during the World Cup, we built throughout the tournament. I think we’re going to do the same in this Six Nations. We’re going to build.
"We’re going to quietly go about our business and hopefully each game will get better and better, and hopefully pick up the wins as we can.”
Meanwhile, Borthwick revealed that centre Manu Tuilagi, who is recovering from a groin injury is nearing full fitness.
“[Manu] is training well and he’s running well,” said Borthwick.
“We’ll gradually increase the volume of his running and there’s another session on Monday. Every report I get is positive so far.”